Bob Heisler Award for Excellence established in memory of alumnus

November 16, 2012

From serving as the first editor of the Daily Orange after it went independent in 1971 to his last job as managing editor for features with the New York Daily News, Bob Heisler ’73 led a life devoted to print journalism.

He worked at the Daily News twice, Newsday twice, the New York Post, the Stamford Advocate, the Journal News, the Philadelphia Daily News and the Providence Journal-Bulletin. His daughter Sarah described him as a “news junkie” and a “natural communicator.”

Heisler passed away last spring at the age of 60. In his memory, the Newhouse School has established the Bob Heisler Award for Excellence, which will be given annually to a student for outstanding achievement in news writing and editing, beginning in spring 2013.

“Bob Heisler was a joyous newsman all his life,” says Dennis Deninger, director of Newhouse’s Sports Communications Emphasis, who is spearheading the fundraising effort. “His keen judgment and natural management style shepherded the Daily Orange through a tumultuous transition, and he did it before he had even turned 20. His love for connecting stories with people, and for the professionals who shared his passion, was always evident in the smile on his face and the knowing gleam in his eye. We met the day we moved into Brewster-Boland as freshmen, and he’s been in my heart every day since.”

For more information or to support the award, contact Ed Gorham at (315) 443-4926 or, or Deninger at (315) 443-7361 or You can also use Syracuse University’s secure online giving form—be sure to indicate Bob Heisler Award for Excellence Fund

Read Heisler’s obituary.