And now it's about to get even better.
Please welcome aboard our newest staff members. We are very excited to have them aboard:
Matthew Hager is in his first year with Buckeye Sports Bulletin after spending two years with the Beloit Daily News in Wisconsin. A graduate of the University of Dayton, Hager won the Ritter Collett Award of Excellence as the top senior in journalism in 2004. He worked for the Flyer News, an Associated Collegiate Press hall of fame publication, for four years and also wrote for several weekly newspapers in suburban Dayton as a student. After college, Hager moved to Wisconsin and spent two years as a staff writer for the Daily News. His primary beats were preps and Beloit Snappers minor league baseball, and in 2006 he finished second in the Group B Sports News Story of the Year category at the Wisconsin Newspaper Foundation awards banquet.
Marcus Hartman is entering his second year with Buckeye Sports Bulletin and fifth year writing professionally about Ohio State athletics. His main focus for BSB consists of football, women's basketball and recruiting coverage. Before coming to BSB, the native of Cedarville, Ohio, worked for the Ohio State sports information department while obtaining a journalism degree from Ohio State in the spring of 2005. Concurrently, he covered non-OSU sporting events in and around Columbus for the Lantern including the Columbus Clippers, the Columbus Destroyers and the Memorial golf tournament. He covered central Ohio college and high school sports for the Suburban News and oversaw pro, college and high school football and basketball coverage for Regional Sports Weekly in southwest Ohio prior to moving to BSB. Marcus is also a proud member of the Football Writers Association of America.
Adam Jardy has been on staff at BSB since January 2005 and has covered some of the finest years of Ohio State sports in a short time. A native of Northwood, Ohio, Jardy enrolled at OSU and rose through the ranks of the school's student-run newspaper, the Lantern, serving as a sports writer, sports editor, opinion editor and editor-in-chief. As a student, he received the 2005 Outstanding Student Journalism Award, as well as two first-place SPJ Region IV Mark of Excellence Awards for sports column writing and general sports reporting. He graduated with a degree in public affairs journalism from OSU and took a job as a sportswriter covering, among other things, NASCAR and Virginia Tech sports for the Danville Register & Bee in Danville, Va., before moving back to Columbus to cover the Buckeyes.
Frank Moskowitz is the founder and publisher of Buckeye Sports Bulletin, starting the widely-read newspaper in 1981. He has covered Ohio State sports since 1978, also covering the Buckeyes for The Madison Press in London, Ohio, The Columbus Dispatch and The Buckeye Leaves. He has helped organize reunion dinners for Ohio State's 1960 basketball, 1966 baseball and 1968 football national championship teams and is also on the organizing committee for Coach Tressel's Spring Preview, which annually benefits the Central Ohio Alzheimer's Association.
Jeff Rapp is the senior writer for Buckeye Sports Bulletin and has been the newspaper's basketball beat writer since 1993. He also has reported on Ohio State football since 1991, when he wrote for Scarlet and Gray Illustrated. Ever since a stint with the Lantern and graduating with a degree in journalism from Ohio State in 1988, Rapp has dedicated his career to covering sports, specifically OSU athletics. Over the years, he has worked for daily newspapers such as The Columbus Dispatch and Delaware Gazette and has contributed to national magazines such as Athlon and Basketball Monthly and other publications including Yankees Magazine, Buckeye Beat, Competition Sports, Blue Jackets Beat and the Ohio State Alumni Magazine. Rapp is a longstanding member of the Football Writers Association of America and the U.S. Basketball Writers Association and has won multiple awards from the College Sports Publishers Association. He also is a frequent radio guest who served last year as a postgame analyst on OSU football for WTVN Radio in Columbus.
Mark Rea is managing editor of Buckeye Sports Bulletin and has covered Ohio State sports for more than 30 years. He is a native of Washington Court House, Ohio, and began his journalism career as a high school sophomore before being named sports editor of his hometown newspaper, The Record-Herald. He has also held editorial positions with Scripps-Howard and McGraw-Hill publications in Florida and Texas. Rea was editor of BSB from 1988-93, and returned in 2003 to become managing editor of all Columbus Sports Publications, including Reds Report, Bengals Report and Blue Jackets Beat. He has won several writing awards throughout his career, including national honors from McGraw-Hill and the Football Writers Association of America, and serves on the voting committee for the Heisman Memorial Trophy.
Jeff Svoboda joined Buckeye Sports Bulletin shortly after graduating from Ohio State in June 2006 with a journalism degree and as the winner of the Wolfe Medal, given to the school of communication's outstanding senior. A native of Lorain, Ohio, Svoboda became involved with Ohio State athletics when he joined OSU's student radio station, The Underground, in the spring of 2003. He joined The Lantern, OSU's student newspaper, in 2004. Before graduating, Svoboda was the sports director at The Underground as well as sports editor and layout editor of The Lantern. He earned extensive experience during college working part-time at places such as WKNR-Radio in Cleveland, Sports Illustrated on Campus and Wise Guides Inc., where he helped write The Wise Guide to Ohio Stadium. Svoboda also wrote for The Ozone as the Ohio State hockey beat writer in 2006.
Former Ohio State assistant coach and recruiting coordinator Bill Conley is in his second year as recruiting analyst for Buckeye Sports Bulletin and BuckeyeSports.com. During his 17 years on staff at OSU, Conley coached tight ends, linebackers, defensive ends and special teams for head coaches Earle Bruce, John Cooper and Jim Tressel, tutoring such notable players as Cris Carter, Thomas "Pepper" Johnson, Chris Spielman, Mike Vrabel and Mike Nugent. As the Buckeyes' recruiting coordinator in 1991 and '92, and then from 1994 to 2004, Conley distinguished himself and gained national acclaim, including being recognized by ESPN as the No. 1 college football recruiter in the country. Conley is an Ohio State graduate, and was a player on three Big Ten championship teams, including the 1968 national championship squad, under legendary head coach Woody Hayes. He is also a football analyst for WTVN-Radio in Columbus and the author of the popular book "Buckeye Bumper Crops."
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