Ed Hedes - Coaldale - 2017 Hall of Fame Inductee
Ed Hedes (Panther Valley High Class of 1969)
Having grown up amid the memories and the exploits of the numerous sports legends produced by the Borough of Coaldale, Ed Hedes transformed his love and knowledge of all sports into becoming one of our region’s top sportswriters.
Over his 43-year career, he treated his loyal readers with lucid stories of many of the Coaldale and other local area athletes who have previously been inducted into the Carbon County Area Chapter of the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame.
He covered many major sporting events, including the prestigious PIAA State Championships, the World Series in New York and Philadelphia, numerous regular season and playoff games of the Philadelphia Eagles, Phillies and Flyers, and, the U.S. Open at Merion Golf Club in Haverford Township, PA.
In 1991-92 and 2007-08, he was honored by the Colonial League as its Print Media Person of the Year.
At Panther Valley High School (Class of 1969), he honed his analytical and writing skills while working as the chief statistician for Coach John Harkins’ basketball squad, which won three District 11 Class B championships and three Schuylkill League championships.
While working for two years as a member of the basketball team’s managerial staff at Lehigh-Carbon County Community College, he gained hands-on experience and knowledge of the logistics and functions required to coordinate the practice and playing schedules of a small college basketball team.
Upon completion of his formal education at East Stroudsburg State College in 1973, he began his paid career as a sportswriter for the Lehighton Times News, for which he covered all of the athletic teams at Panther Valley High School and Pleasant Valley High School.
His talent and expertise as a Lehighton Times News sportswriter were quickly recognized and he was rewarded with a promotion to Assistant Sports Editor in 1974 and then to Sports Editor in 1975.
In 1996, he was chosen to be the Managing Sports Editor for the eight weekly newspapers (East Penn Press, Parkland Press, Salisbury Press, Northwestern Press, Catasauqua Press, Whitehall-Coplay Press, Northampton Press and Bethlehem Press) that were combined under Pencor Services, Inc.
Having retired as Managing Sports Editor in May, 2016, he now works part-time for the Palmerton Area School District and does color commentary for high school games on WMGH 105.5 FM and WLSH 1410 AM.
Ed and his wife, the former Jodi Kleintop, reside in Palmerton. They have one son, Jarrad, and one granddaughter, Sophia Anne.