May 20, 2019

Manuel "Manny" Correira, Writer's Hall of Fame Inductee

Former "Townie Talk" Sportswriter/Photog Honored

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Manuel C. “Manny” Correira, longtime reporter photographer, formerly of the Phoenix-Times Newspapers and the Providence Journal, was inducted into the Words Unlimited Hall of Fame recently. He is believed to be the first sportswriter of Portuguese descent to be inducted into this prestigious Hall of Fame. Correira wrote a "Townie Talk" area column spotlighting East Providence residents for years.

Words Unlimited, the statewide organization of sportswriters, sportscasters, and sports publicists, held its 73rd annual Sports Awards Banquet on March 10 at the Cranston Country Club. Mr. Correira was one of three inductees that evening, along with Don Coyne, longtime sports anchor/reporter at ABC6 TV; and Don Kaull, University of Rhode Island radio analyst.

Mr. Correira, who will turn 75 years of age in June, is a native Bristolian, and is in his 60th year in the newspaper business. He currently works as a contributing writer and photographer with the East Bay Media Group. Correira has been inducted into the Bristol Athletic Hall of Fame, the Warren Athletic Hall of Fame, the Rhode Island Interscholastic League High School Athletic Hall of Fame, and the Rhode Island Press Association Journalism Hall of Fame. He is also a member of the Rhode Island Matadors Drum & Bugle Corps Hall of Fame.

In addition, during his years as a special features writer/photographer with the Providence Journal’s Metro Section, Mr. Correira enjoyed contributing to his “Townie Talk” column regularly in East Providence. “It was one of the highlights of my career,” he noted. “The people who live in East Providence and neighboring communities always welcomed me with open arms. I wish I could relive those special moments.” Correira's "Townie Talk" column featured dozens of stories and profiles of East Providence High School athletes, coaches, volunteers and community leaders.

Among Correira’s other many accomplishments, was being named Chief Marshal of the 2007 Bristol Fourth of July Parade, and 1991 Fourth of July Patriotic Exercises Speaker. In 2010, he was named “Knight of the Year” by the Knights of Corte Reais.

Correira is the son of the late Manuel C. Correira and Emily R. (Federico) Correira. He is the husband of the former Bernice “Bunny” Pimental, and has two children and five grandchildren.

“I am so honored and humbled by my induction into the Words Unlimited Hall of Fame,” said Correira. “I’ve enjoyed all my years as a writer in the newspaper business, and will continue to do what I enjoy best, God willing,” he said after the ceremony.

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