Monday, May 23, 2005

Choose the News...

Last Friday, the News-Sentinel weighed in on everyone's favorite topic: how much downtown sucks. Our reaction to the piece? Stay tuned...

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In a town obsessed with serious journalism, the local sports reporters in Fort Wayne sometimes are lost in the shuffle. We'd like to take a moment to highlight a few of the guys in the sports department at the N-S.

First, and in our opinion, the best, is sports columnist Reggie Hayes. He's a legitimate big city columnist, but for whatever reason, he's still in Fort Wayne. What we like about Reggie is that he's a columnist who knows how to report in a column. He's got a good sense of humor, and he doesn't seem to take himself too seriously. He's also got his pulse on the NE Indiana sports scene, and his columns either reflect or challenge the views of his readers, as a good columnist should. And he's very consistent; sure, he'll write the occasional dud, but we all have our bad days. Reggie's column is a reliably good read.

Pete DiPrimio is the N-S guy on the Purdue and Indiana beats. How he does it (and how often he's got to get his oil changed), we'd love to know. But he's managed to do yeoman work about both athletic programs, and his columns reflect how well he's worked himself into the fabric of the universities he covers. (That's a compliment, by the way.) They're insightful. And don't forget, he's got to deal with all the Indiana and Purdue zealots (or crazies, depending on how the respective teams are faring).

Perhaps you were unaware, but Pete and Reggie have their own "Ask Pete/Ask Reggie" features on the N-S website. We're not going to pass judgment on them for that enterprise; Pete and Reggie are at the mercy of the questions they're asked. Thankfully, the queries seem to be getting better.

Blake Sebring is another guy who's been doing good work for a long time. His On Campus column, which details the exploits of former area athletes in the college ranks, is a local favorite, especially for the where-are-they-now wonderers. And he knows more about the Fort Wayne Komets than any N-S sports guy since Bud Gallmeyer. (That's not to denigrate Dave Benson's work on the K's beat.)

All in all, some good reporters, some good columnists, and some guys who know the local sports scene. The N-S is lucky to have them.

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