Longtime Turner Sports broadcaster Huber dies

Longtime broadcaster Jim Huber. The cable network says Huber died Monday, Jan. 2, 2011 in Atlanta. A cause of death was not immediately released.

ATLANTA — Jim Huber, whose insightful commentary brought golf into the homes of a generation of fans, died Jan. 2. He was 67 and had been diagnosed just days earlier with acute leukemia.

Huber, an Emmy Award-winning essayist, joined Turner Sports full-time in 2000 and was an announcer for professional golf and the NBA.

He had worked as an anchor and reporter for CNN/Sports Illustrated and hosted CNN’s “Pro Golf Weekly” and “Sporting Life with Jim Huber.” Earlier in his career, Huber, a Presbyterian College graduate, had covered the NFL and NBA for newspapers in Miami and Atlanta before transitioning into radio and eventually TV.

Huber had written “Four Days In July: Tom Watson, the 2009 Open Championship, and a tournament for the ages,” a 2011 release about the five-time Open champion’s stirring quest at Turnberry that came up just short in a playoff with Stewart Cink for the Claret Jug.

Huber’s other published works reflected his utility as a commentator: “A thousand goodbyes: A son’s reflection on living, dying, and the things that matter most” and “The babes of winter: An inside history of Atlanta Flames hockey.”

“The Turner Broadcasting family suffered a great loss, and we are saddened by the passing of our colleague and friend,” David Levy, Turner Sports president, said in a statement.

Huber also served as host, speaker and moderator of “A Sense of Huber” on PGA.com.

“Anyone who knew Jim Huber beyond his wonderful words in front of a camera or in print understood that he had a special gift,” PGA president Allen Wronowski said in a statement. “Jim made us all pause and feel a bit better about ourselves. Golf lost a wonderful friend.”

Huber is survived by his wife, Carol, and son, Matt.

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