The Elite Eight

From an Elite Eight. Here are the folks we have selected to move on to Phase 2 of The Reporter contest, and the right to earn a living covering their favorite college sports team. Phase 2 of the contest begins at 4 p.m. on Tuesday during Deace in the Afternoon on 1460-KXNO (AM) in Des Moines.

Valerie Connell

Attended Iowa State from 1997-2002, majoring in psychology…currently works as the assistant manager of the Iowa State Center Ticket Office…names Andrew Moser, one of ISU's strength and conditioning coaches, as one of her references…said that she used to think Johnny Carson stole the "HEEEREEE'S JOHNNY!" line from Johnny Orr when she was a little girl until someone set her straight.

Mike Dempsey

Attended Iowa State from 1983-88, made the Dean's list, and majored in Business and Secondary Education…is currently a free lance writer for the Ames Life and Times, where he writes a weekly column focusing on high school and youth sports in the Ames and Gilbert communities…considers himself a "rabid" Cyclone supporter that would love a job that pays him to write with passion about topics he loves.

Mark Hersom

Iowa State graduate, class of 1993, with a Bachelor Business Administration…former DJ at KUSR radio at Iowa State…former sports reporter for THE JOCK, where he once interviewed Sage Rosenfels, and current sports reporter for KXNO during the high school sports season…last spring he attended a Marshalltown Community College game to do his own personal scouting of Jiri Hubalek.

Corey Johnson

Iowa Stage graduate, majored in advertising with a minor in English…currently works as the senior copywriter for Innova Ideas & Services in Ames…was previously a web developer for Innova…former intern at the Carroll Daily Times-Herald…claims to fame include scalping tickets outside Phog Allen Fieldhouse to see Jamaal Tinsley, standing on the sidelines to watch Troy Davis, and a project he is currently work on with Bobby Douglas.

Jeff Johnston

Iowa State graduate, class of 2000, majoring in Human Resource Management with a minor in history…currently pursuing a CPA designation at Grand View College…might be KXNO's most-prolific emailer…his clever cover letter was written in the form of a letter-of-intent a recruit would sing to play for the Cyclones, complete with mock quotes from Dan McCarney…converted from Hawkeye to Cyclone while a student at ISU.

Josh Madden

Graduated from Iowa State this spring with an advertising degree, minor in Sociology…former Assignment Sports Editor and Senior Reporter for the Iowa State Daily from 2003-2005, editing all the sports stories in the paper while covering ISU football and men's basketball…wasn't born a Cyclone fan but grew to love them as a child thanks to players like Fred Hoiberg and Troy Davis.

Seth Nailor

Graduated from Simpson College in 2003, majoring in mass communications and journalism...worked on-air at KSTM-FM (88.9) radio from 2002-03…student journalist at The Simpsonian…played basketball at Simpson from 1999-2001…former intern at WHO-TV in Des Moines where his duties included assisting in the broadcast of SoundOff…says he has "been a Cyclone fan since birth."

Amanda Ouverson

Graduated from Iowa State in May, majoring in journalism and mass communications…former member of the Dean's List and winner of the Pathways to Success Leadership Award…former Senior Sports Reporter and Assignment Sports Editor for the Iowa State Daily from 2004-05, covering ISU football and women's basketball…former sports editor for the NIACC Logos…currently an intern for



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