The San Diego Union-Tribune's senior sports columnist Nick Canepa, a native San Diegan, graduated from San Diego State and began working for the Tribune in 1971. He joined the sports department in 1974 and covered high schools, SDSU athletics, the Clippers, the Chargers, wrote a TV-radio column and became a general sports columnist in 1984. He has covered nearly every major sporting event in the world and has been given other news assignments, such as the Republican and Democratic national conventions in 1988 and the Republican convention in San Diego in 1996. Canepa was a member of the staff that won the 1978 Pulitzer Prize for reporting on the PSA plane crash. He lives with his wife, Teresa, in San Diego.