Brian’s Résumé


American Foundry Society, January 2016 – Present, Schaumburg, Illinois
Associate Editor
– Writes and edits numerous articles per month for a trade publication focused on the foundry industry. Has had to learn quickly about metalcasting, both the state of the industry and the technical side of melting metal and shaping it.
– Also helps keep the website updated with industry news and uploads the most recent magazines in an HTML format.
– Assists with layout and design and planning, while learning a completely new industry and its various quirks. Contributes to the company’s social media and press releases as well.

Freelance Sports Writer
Chicago Sun-Times, November 2013 – January 2016, October 2016-Present
– Contributes coverage of the Cubs, White Sox, Blackhawks, and Bulls. Also covered NFL events, the 2014 Arlington Million, the New Zealand All Blacks’ appearance in Chicago, and wrote other features.
– Covered the Blackhawks’ 2015 training camp at South Bend, Ind. and reported on Patrick Kane and his presence with the team. Filed multiple breaking news items and videos, and also appeared on Canadian radio.
– For baseball, basketball and hockey games, files a game story, notebook, and usually three blog entries. Game stories are posted instantly to the website, usually within 30 seconds of the whistle. Also posted frequently online about the Fire, Sky and Wolves.
– Also ran the @suntimes_hoops Twitter feed and started
– Covered MLS’s Chicago Fire, and monitored AHL’s Chicago Wolves and WNBA’s Chicago Sky.
– Currently over 3,000 Twitter followers and have a Verified account.
– Covered the first College Athletes Players Association news conference, and also Northwestern football’s vote on whether to unionize.
– Has appeared on “Chicago Tonight” to discuss the Sky, and made multiple radio appearances on New Zealand shows to talk about the All Blacks’ match in Chicago. Frequent guest of CLTV Sports Feed.

Associated Press/other clients, April 2013 – January 2016
– Covered Chicago Cubs, Chicago White Sox, Chicago Bulls, Northwestern and DePaul basketball games for the Associated Press, gathering quotes and writing stories for a national wire service. Required to file minutes after the game ends before writing a longer piece that includes quotes. Also contributed quotes to the central desk for major national stories. Contributed coverage during the Cubs’ 2015 playoffs.
– In 2013, contributed to coverage of the Sky. Duties included filing minutes after the game ends before writing a longer and more-detailed piece.
– Also contributed baseball coverage to The Sports Xchange. Duties were similar to the Associated Press, but also have to send player notes following each game.
– On Aug. 5-7, 2013, covered Alex Rodriguez’s return to the New York Yankees on the same week he was suspended. Wrote sidebars and game stories in the midst of a national media scene.

ChicagoSide Sports, December 2012 – October 2013, Chicago
Senior Editor
– Wrote web content for numerous short and longer features for a website run by best-selling author Jonathan Eig.
– Ran the website’s Twitter feed (@ChicagoSide) and Instagram while doing daily email writing and contributing to the Facebook page to market the website.
– Had stories linked on Deadspin, Romenesko, Uni Watch, and Puck Daddy.

The Monitor, September 2007 – December 2012, Rio Grande Valley, Texas
Sports Reporter
– Beat reporter for the Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees of the CHL.
– Wrote game-stories, features, previews, and maintained a popular blog.
– Had stories linked on NBC Sports’ Off The Bench and Yahoo’s Puck Daddy.
– Blogged live during high school football games, while keeping statistics.
– Main beat reporter for the Houston Rockets’ 2009 portion of training camp in the area.
– Designed approximately 10 pages per week on InDesign, edited photos on PhotoShop, and edited copy and became the de facto sports web editor.
– Updated and maintained Facebook page which had reach of over 40,000 while building the Friday night football social media presence. Hosted and produced a football webcast.

The Oklahoman, May 2007 – July 2007, Oklahoma City
Reporting Intern
– Covered the 2007 Women’s College World Series and other events.
– Interviewed the WWE’s Jim Ross one week after the Chris Benoit tragedy.

Columbia Missourian, January 2006 – May 2007, Columbia, Missouri
Reporter/Copy Editor
– Lead MU men’s basketball reporter during the 2006-2007 season.
– Beat writer for MU softball and MU spring football.
– Served as a sports copy editor in the winter and spring of 2007.

– 2012 Regional APSE first-place honor in event coverage
– 2011 Regional APSE first-place honor in event coverage
– Blog won second place in 2010 Texas APME awards
– 2009 Regional APSE second-place award
– 2008 First-prize Lone Star Award

– University of Missouri-Columbia, Columbia, Missouri
– Bachelor of News-Editorial Journalism: May 2007

– Uses Adobe InDesign, Adobe PhotoShop, and once used Quark to design pages.
– Updated websites with OnSet and Town News. Post stories on WordPress and has used Mail Chimp.
– User of Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram, Periscope, TweetDeck and HootSuite.

Fun Fact
-I appeared as a contestant in the summer of 2006 on ESPN Classic’s Stump the Schwab sports trivia show. In first two appearances I defeated Howie Schwab to win $8,000 before falling in the championship show.

– Available upon request.


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