My name is John M. Crist, and I am the new Publisher and Editor in Chief of Bear Report. I can't tell you how excited I am to be covering the Chicago Bears both online and in the magazine every day, and I look forward to providing each and every one of you with the expert insight that is only available on the Scout.com network. Considering I spent half my childhood running around the house in my #34 Walter Payton jersey, I know I'm going to have a ton of fun along the way.
In my sports journalism career, I have covered everything from the Florida Little League State Tournament to the Super Bowl and just about everything in between. Here in Chicago, I served as a Reporter and Columnist for The Chicago Sports Review for three years. My additional credits include The Florida Times-Union, Tallahassee Democrat, MostValuableNetwork.com, FSView, Florida Flambeau, Vos Valley News, LPGATour.com, and the 2006 PGA Tour Media Guide.
I would like to take this time to thank Jason Klabacha for the tremendous job he has done during his tenure at Bear Report and Scout.com for providing me with the opportunity to take this publication to the next level. Not only am I expecting bigger and better things from the Chicago Bears in 2006, but I anticipate Bear Report becoming bigger and better than ever. Thank you in advance to all the subscribers and readers out there.
Jason would like to take this opportunity to express a few things to the Bear Report family:
I have been with the Bear Report for five years, but my time as Publisher has come to an end. Family, friends and complete strangers have told me I have the greatest job in the world. It's hard to argue that covering the team you grew up watching is a bad way to make a living.
At 28, I'm moving to Los Angeles to pursue a career in screenwriting. Considering there is no NFL team in L.A., I'll definitely keep a watchful eye on the Bears.
While I've covered the Bears, the team has gone through major changes. It's fair to say the publication has done the same. The weekly paper was a staple for decades but gave way to the current monthly magazine format. The web has become vital to distributing news between issues, as well as providing a community for fans to talk Bears 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
I believe I'm leaving Bear Report better off than when I started in 2001. Although I didn't see the team win a Super Bowl, there were two division titles and a lot of fun along the way. I want to thank each and every reader for your loyalty and passion for the Bears and the only publication dedicated solely to the Monsters of the Midway. It's been an experience I will always cherish.
My successor, John Crist, obviously will bring a personal touch to Bear Report.