Résumé

Contact: matt@mattlstephens.com
Twitter: @MattStephens

Awards & Highlights

  • APSE 1st place for breaking news.
  • Manages and creates content plan for APSE Top 10 website.
  • Colorado AP awards for sports feature writing.
  • Colorado Press Association awards for columns, beat reporting, and sports health feature writing.
  • Arkansas Press Association award for sports feature writing.
  • Writing featured in USA Today, including a college basketball centerpiece.
  • Most CSU news breaks since starting the beat.
  • Effectively engages readers via social media.

Journalism Experience

      Columnist & Digital Sports Manager

        The Fort Collins Coloradoan (July 2014 – Current)
  • Manages digital sports content and strategy, working with reporters to determine the best way to deliver a story.
  • Programs nightly sports section fronts and maintains them during the day, basing story placement off of real-time data.
  • Produces and hosts live weekly CSU football talk show that’s streamed online and delivered as an iTunes podcast.
  • Writes a popular column four times a week delivering insight and analysis on sports in Northern Colorado.
  • Lead feature writer for the sports department.

      Colorado State Beat Reporter

        The Fort Collins Coloradoan (June 2012 – July 2014)
  • Lead reporter for CSU basketball and volleyball; secondary football reporter.
  • Built a strong, professional relationship with players and coaches thanks to a daily presence around programs — whether home or on the road — leading to their willingness to be candid and provide readers with award-winning features.
  • Pioneered in-depth recruiting coverage across all sports.
  • Developed innovative, interactive storytelling elements to engage readers online.
  • Wrote a popular weekly column, taking readers inside CSU athletics.
  • Filmed, edited and narrated video features.

Sportswriter, Social Media Coordinator

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, NWA Media (May 2011 – June 2012)
  • Beat reporter covering the Kansas City Royals’ Double-A affiliate, the Northwest Arkansas Naturals, and Har-Ber High School.
  • Developed company’s social media guidelines and maintained the sports desk’s Facebook, Twitter and blog accounts.
  • Filmed, edited and narrated video features.

Senior Analyst

Rivals.com/Yahoo! (Aug. 2008 – May 2011)
  • Beat reporter covering all news surrounding Colorado State football and basketball.
  • Responsible for breaking recruiting news first, aided by strong source development with high school coaches.
  • Attended football camps and recruiting combines across the region, evaluating prospects and reporting suggested star rating to national headquarters.

Education

Colorado State University

2010
  • B.A.: Liberal arts with a concentration in journalism focused on news/editorial writing.
  • Minor: Information technology