The 2019 college football season will be Tony Barnhart's 44th as a reporter for newspapers, television, internet, and radio. Tony joined the SEC Network which launched August 14, 2014. He contributes to the network’s studio programming and also contributes columns on SECSports.com. He is one of the lead columnists for TMG College Sports – the Media Guides and can be found at the following link - https://collegesportsmaven.io/tmg/tony-barnhart/
Tony brings a wealth of experience having covered the conference for more than 20 years. He began covering SEC sports at the Atlanta Journal Constitution which led to extensive reporting roles at ESPN and CBS. He is a 1976 graduate of the Henry W. Grady School of Journalism, University of Georgia. In 2017 Tony was recognized with the DiGamma Kappa Distinguished Achievement Award. DiGamma Kappa is the national broadcast society at the University of Georgia Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication. In 2016 Tony received two honors:
- He was inducted into the Grady College of Fellows at the University of Georgia.
- He received National Football Foundation recognition (Athens, GA chapter) for his contribution to amateur football.
Tony is the author of five books on college football and has received numerous awards for sports reporting including the 2009 Bert McGrane Award (Football Writers Association of America – Hall of Fame).
Tony lives in Dunwoody with his wife, Maria, who was his high school sweetheart. Tony and Maria have now taken on the wonderful role of G-Dad and G-Mom for their granddaughter, who came into the starting lineup in 2012.