TONY FRANCIS

Category: Journalist
Year Inducted: 2015

He started in the news desk at the age of 20 years in 1967 with New Straits Times but only for three months before he joined the sports desk. Working under the late legendary sports writer Normal Sibel. Tony had the company of the late Mansoor Rahman and Ian Pereira as colleagues. He rose from a cadet reporter to become Assistant Sports Editor, Sports Editor, Chief News Editor and Associate Editor before he retired from NST in 2002 – after 35 years with the organisation.

Tony was the assistant sports editor with New Straits Times before he become sports editor of The Malay Mail in 2002. He then returned to the NST Sport Desk. He had the privilege of editor Alex Soars and sports editor Chuah Huck Seng besides Norman. Upon retiring, he was the Editor of Golf Digest with Blu Inc before joining Malay Mail under its new management as the editor-in-chief. He now works as a consultant with motoring magazine Top Gear. He has covered 2 Olympics (Korea 1988 and Barcelona 1992) and 3 Football World Cups (1974 Germany, 2006 Berlin and 2010 South Africa) besides a host of international events like the Thomas Cup, Sea Games and Asian Games. Tony not only made a name for himself as a sports journalist but also as an editor. He has been a mentor for many young reporters.