Believe it or not, I hated writing for a long time. That changed sometime around my sophomore year of high school, when I think I realized someone might eventually pay me to watch sports. That turned out to be the case, and I don’t take it for granted.
I spent six years as a freelance sportswriter — 2008-14 at the Citizen’s News, and 2010-14 at the Republican-American — before I started as a full-time reporter with the Rep-Am. In that time, I’ve earned nearly a dozen citations from the Connecticut Society of Professional Journalists, including four first-place wins.
I’ve selected several of my award-winning pieces, plus a few others, to share in this portfolio. They are separated by columns, features, news and special sections — clicking on a link will bring you to the story page, where you’ll see the story text and its page layout.
- “Slow-pitch softballer’s take-no-prisoners attitude yields big stats, tournament wins” — Citizen’s News, February 2011 (honorable mention award winner)
- “Ledyard rap was music to their ears” — Republican-American, December 2011 (third-place award winner)
- “Pernell, Naugy too fast for Torrington” — Republican-American, October 2012
- “The travel bill of the century” — Republican-American, May 2015
- “‘Gumby’ etches her name in the record books” — Citizen’s News, January 2011 (third-place award winner)
- “Architect of the success nearly didn’t come back” — Republican-American, December 2012
- “Impressive job for a program without a track” — Republican-American, June 2013
- “Father figure” — Citizen’s News, November 2013 (first-place award winner)
- “Disarmed” — Citizen’s News, May 2010 (first-place award winner)
- “Kaynor Tech earns respect with rare win over city foe” — Republican-American, February 2013
Sports Special Sections