Major: Communications Degree
Contact Information: firstname.lastname@example.org
Spent eight years at the Daily Press in Newport News, Va., starting out as a clerk in high school and moving up through the part-time ranks, gradually moving up to copy editing, page design and writing. Started writing in high school for the school paper and wrote things for the weekly papers in the area. In college at Old Dominion, was a COMM major with a minor in journalism, although I learned more in the newsroom than anyone at ODU even taught. Snooty professors didn't do it for me, thinking they knew how the game went when they were just trying to put students down. Eventually got tired of the grind of a page designer and copy editor, as I was removed from any and all writing. I'd started a website for high school wrestling in Virginia as a freshman and now work for the National Wrestling Coaches Association running their media website, InterMat.
General sports writing topics and thought-provoking commentary and conversational "what if's" seems to be a specialty ... recently, I'm having battles with a certain Division I college AD that's refusal to speak to the media about the pressing topics at the school.
While I love watching ESPN and SportsCenter, I believe that television has ruined sports writing. Pet peeves include the terms "walk off home run" and slang used in sportswriting like "dimes" (assists in basketball).
Former LA Kings beatwriter Jim Hodges (formerly of the LA Times), Dave Fairbank, David Teel and Joe Cosco (a professor at ODU) are influences on me.