Reporter began career at age 16

ATLANTA -- Jeff Denberg, longtime Atlanta Hawks beat writer
for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, died Thursday of
complications from brain cancer.

Denberg, 62, began his writing career at age 16 with The State
newspaper in Columbia, S.C. He later was a basketball writer for
Long Island's Newsday and sports editor of the Miami News before he
returned writing for the Journal-Constitution in 1979.

"He knew the NBA as well as any journalist in the nation,''
said Don Boykin, a deputy managing editor at the
Journal-Constitution. "Jeff made the sports section better every

Denberg was also a regular contributor to ESPN.com, writing an NBA column beginning in 1997.

Denberg had fond memories of a trip to Russia with the Hawks,
covering the 1992 Olympics and the 1996 Atlanta Games. Coaching
youth league soccer was one of his favorite activities.

A graveside service will be at noon Sunday at the Synagogue
B'rith Shalom Beth Israel cemetery in Charleston, S.C.

The Associated Press contributed to this report