Class of 2021
David Kaplan
Media Lifetime Achievement Award

David Kaplan (better known as Kap) is a three-time Emmy award-winning Chicago sportscaster with a career spanning over thirty years. He hosted the Chicago Cubs radio or TV network for 25 seasons (1995-2019), including their World Series-winning team in 2016, which led to him writing the best-selling book “The Plan” chronicling the Chicago Cubs’ World Series Championship rise after 108 years of futility. Kap grew up in Skokie, IL, and was a college basketball coach at Northern Illinois University from 1982-86. He also spent four seasons as an NBA scout with the Seattle Supersonics and the Indiana Pacers. David is the host of the Kap and J-Hood Morning Show on ESPN 1000 radio in Chicago and has also been on the air at NBC Sports Chicago since 2008. He spent over 20 years as a sportscaster at WGN Radio (1995-2015) in Chicago, hosting the acclaimed sports talk show Sports Central before leaving for ESPN 1000 in September 2015. He is a member of the prestigious WGN Radio Walk of Fame (2018), as well as the Illinois Basketball Coaches Hall of Fame (2017) and the Chicago Public League Basketball Coaches Hall of Fame (2017). Kaplan is the only person in Chicago history to host a daily radio show, a daily TV show, and write a regular column (Chicago Tribune) in a major newspaper all at the same time. He has called over 1000 college basketball and football games for a multitude of networks including ESPN, NBC Sports, and Fox Sports. He is married to Mindy Kaplan and is the proud father of 4 sons (Brett, Nicholas, Alexander, and Garret).

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