Edmund. J. “Ed” TunstallSportswriter, 1951-1992
St. Aloysius High School/Tulane University
A graduate of St. Aloysius (now Brother Martin High School) and Tulane University, Tunstall served in the Army Air Crops during World War II as a B-17 top tureet gunner at multiple bases in the U.S. before enjoying a storied career in sports communications.
He was the Sports Information Director at Tulane in 1951-52, the Sports Editor for the Associated Press New Orleans Bureau for 10 years (1952-62), sports staff member and assistant chief of bureau for the Associated Press in Boston in 1962-65, and he served as a member of the Baseball Writers Association.
During his career, Tunstall covered NBA Championship playoffs (1962-65), 31 Sugar Bowls, supervised and covered four Super Bowls, covered the New Orleans PGA Tournament over a 20-year period from its inception in 1958 and covered three heavyweight title matches of Muhammed Ali.
Along with Sugar Bowl member, Aruns Callery, Tunstall spearheaded the Sugar Bowl’s sponsorship of Hall of Fame Committee after death of committee founder James M. Collins.
Tunstall, who covered news stories ranging from the assassination of President John F. Kennedy in 1963 and the 1973 sniper shootings at the Howard Johnson hotel in New Orleans, was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize for his news coverage on several occasions. He was named editor of the Times-Picayune in 1974, vice-president in 1975 and assistant publisher in 1980. Following the merger of the Times-Picayune with the States-Item, he served as assistant to the publisher. After retiring from the newspaper in 1992, he went on to teach journalism at the University of New Orleans. He died on Nov. 27, 2015 at the age of 91.