About Gene Collier

Gene Collier has written sports, politics, and media criticism in Pittsburgh and Philadelphia for more than 30 years and has twice been nominated for the Pulitzer Prize, losing spectacularly both times. He has a journalism degree from Penn State. Gene has been a popular guest on area radio stations including the WDVE Radio’s Morning Show, delivering his comical views on Pittsburgh and its sports teams.

Gene’s comedy lampoons family life, media culture, music, sports, and politics. His writing popularity has led into a secondary career as a stand-up comic and corporate speaker. @GeneCollier


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“The Chief”

The Chief by Gene CollierGene is co-author, with Rob Zellers, of the one-man play “The Chief” starring Tom Atkins and based on the life of Arthur J. Rooney. “The Chief” is the most successful production in the distinguished history of the Pittsburgh Public Theatre. Reproduced in print for the first time, the work is complemented by photographs of Rooney, his family, and members of the Steelers, along with scenes from the standout performance of actor Tom Atkins, who has embodied the role since the play’s inception.

“The Chief is absolutely wonderful. The dialogue is phenomenal.”
– Tunch Ilkin, former Steelers offensive lineman & current Steelers radio analyst

“In The Chief, Rob Zellers and Gene Collier have succeeded in turning Steelers’ owner Art Rooney from legend to man and then back to legend again-and in so doing, they have captured what made him and his hometown so great-authenticity, toughness, heart, and humor.”
– Carl Kurlander, University of Pittsburgh, Visiting Distinguished Senior Lecturer; screenwriter (St. Elmo’s Fire, My Tale of Two Cities)

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