Year Inducted: 2019
Schools / Organizations: Bradley University
The Peoria Journal Star
Biography: A Peoria native, Kirk graduated from Bradley University in 1977. He began his career working for The Peoria Journal Star while still attending college. He joined the newspaper on a full-time basis in 1987 and became its sports editor in 1991. Kirk retired from the PJS in 2018 with a resume that earned him recognition as one of the best at covering high school and college basketball in the state of Illinois. He was inducted into the United States Basketball Writers Association Hall of Fame and is a recipient of the IHSA distinguished Media Award.