Billy Witz followed in his father’s footsteps to Tulane 41 years ago and took the road less traveled in becoming an award-winning sports journalist. Witz (A&S ’84), who currently covers college sports for The New York Times, has been a sportswriter all his life. It’s all he’s known since his early days of walking the uptown campus.
Witz came to Tulane as a freshman in 1980. His father, Mort, briefly played football for the Green Wave but left New Orleans to study photography in Los Angeles. Witz picked up where his father left off by attending Tulane, but didn’t know what he wanted to study when he arrived. He tried business and English before finally settling on sociology, a degree he says is very relevant in today’s journalistic environment.