About Frank Cooney
A native of San Francisco, Frank Cooney is a journalist and entrepreneur with significant success in a wide range of fields. A pioneer in journalism as well as electronic and broadcast media, Cooney built The Sports Xchange wire service which created content that was ubiquitous in the first two decades of the Internet.
He began covering the NFL Draft in the 1960s – long before it was a popular event. In 1987 he created NFL Draft Scout, which supplied the primary analysis and content for NFL.com, CBS Sports, FOX, AOL and others.
Cooney is in his sixth decade of professional journalism, tracking back to his start with the Hearst Corporation's San Francisco Examiner in 1965. He was an award-winning reporter, editor and columnist until his departure in 1994 and was the NFL Columnist for Seattle Times from 1996-98.
Cooney became a member of the prestigious Pro Football Hall of Fame selection committee more than 30 years ago and is also on the Seniors Committee.
He co-founded Marin Scope Publishing in 1971, which grew to a chain of six California newspapers. He was on the original launch teams for Electronic Art's Madden Football (circa 1983) – the most successful sports video game in history – and FOX Sports (1994).
An industry innovator and winner of numerous Emmy Awards, Cooney was General Manager/Player in Semi-Pro Football and was selected to the American Football Association Hall of Fame, Class of 2007.
He was an author and co-author of several books, including "Fire In the Ice Man," the biography of Tom Flores.
Frank and his wife Susan own and operate the iconic Sierra Foothill's restaurant Tofanelli's Gold Country Bistro in Historic Downtown Grass Valley, California.
They are the parents of a blended family that includes five children, 13 grandchildren and two great-granddaughters.