Born on
Hazel Park, Michigan
Inducted On
June 25, 2023
Location Inducted
Lafayette, Indiana
Region Number
Purdue University
Merit - Sportswriter
Indiana University
Kubat was inducted into the Indiana Sportswriters and Sportscasters Hall of Fame in 2007 and received its Ron Lemasters Lifetime Achievement Award in 2022. He has been a member of the ISAA board of directors since 2008, serving as president since 2014. Over the course of his career, Kubat received numerous first-place national, regional and state writing awards, including Best of Gannett several times. He was selected Best Sports Columnist by the Hoosier State Press Association in 2003.
Kubat and his wife, Bobbie, have two sons, Matt (wife Melissa) and Mike (wife Natalie), and four grandchildren: Nick, Anna, Seeger and Ben.
Kubat had a distinguished 40-year career spent writing for the Lafayette journal and Courier, earning the reputation as an accurate and fair reporter and compelling storyteller. He amassed an estimated 25,000 bylines and his work was regularly picked up by Gannett News Service and USA Today. Kubat spent the last 24 years of his livelihood as the Purdue football beat reporter- spanning coaches Leon Burtnett, Fred Akers, Jim Colletto and Joe Tiller. Kubat's vocation included covering countless high school sporting events as well as multiple Purdue sports, including Gene Keady's first five seasons as head men's basketball coach, along with the Indianapolis Colts and Indiana Pacers. He was the Journal & Courier's primary Indianapolis 500 writer for two decades and covered the Brickyard 400, as well. Other noteworthy assignments included the 1992 Summer Olympic Games, Major Leage Baseball spring training and NCAA conventions. Beyond his extensive newspaper work, Kubat has served as an editor and feature writer for Lindy's Big Ten Football magazine since its launch in 1987 and he has regularly appeared on the Big Ten Network providing commentary on great games and memorable players. He was a Heisman Trophy voter for years and remains a voter for many of college football's top awards to this day. Fittingly, Kubat was handpicked to write Tiller's highly acclaimed biography, Tiller: Not Your Average Joe, which was published in 2006.