MOUNT VERNON — One of Mount Vernon’s newest residents is ready to hit the ground running in his new position as sports editor for the Mount Vernon News.
Erick Starkey comes to the News by way of Torrington, Wyoming, after two years as the Torrington Telegram’s sports editor. The transition from a twice-weekly newspaper to a daily is an exciting change for Starkey who said being able to publish game coverage stories in a more timely manner will better reflect the speed of the sports environment.
“We are very impressed with Erick’s experience at the Telegram where he was a one-man show covering several schools and communities often traveling long distances to provide quality, personalized sports coverage,” said News City Editor Fred Main, who has been serving as an interim sports editor.
Starkey is excited about the opportunity to work for a daily newspaper and telling stories about local athletes in a fast and timely manner.
Starkey, originally from Groveport, is a 2016 graduate of Ohio University’s E.W. Scripps School of Journalism.
“Sports journalism is so much more than just going to football games,” Starkey said. “It’s the entire realm of sports including tracking athletes and making personal connections.”
It was comments like that during the interview process that set Starkey apart from other candidates.
“While it is important for us to cover sporting events around the county, Erick has an innate understanding of the value of what drives athletes and recognizes those personal stories are what will connect our readers to the athletes we write about,” Main said.
An award-winning sports journalist, Starkey has earned four Wyoming Press Association Pacemaker awards including three presented in January — first place in Sports News, first place in Sports Column and second place in Sports Action Photo.
The last five weeks has been a whirlwind for the new sports editor. Following a phone interview from Wyoming, Starkey was able to visit the News and Mount Vernon — and accept the sports editor position — just days before he exchanged wedding vows with his wife, Danielle, in Cleveland. Following his honeymoon, Starkey finished his time in Torrington and drove his new family 1,100 miles across the country to start this new phase in their life.
“We knew when we offered Erick the position that we’d have to wait several weeks before he could move here and get started,” Main said. “Unanimously we believe having him on our staff was worth the wait and expect that our readers, athletes, parents, coaches and athletic directors will be excited to work with him.”
Starkey can be reached by calling 740-397-5333, ext. 247, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.