Résumé

Contact: matt@mattlstephens.com
Twitter: @MattStephens

Awards & Highlights

  • Associated Press Sports Editors (national) first place for breaking news.
  • APSE first place for explanatory writing.
  • APSE first place for short video and multimedia (virtual reality).
  • APSE second place for column writing.
  • 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.
  • Effectively engages readers via social media.

Journalism Experience

Deputy  Sports Editor

        The Denver Post  (March 2017 – Current)
  • Second-in-command of The Denver Post’s sports department and oversee 11 reporters and a columnist, coaching them on crafting stories and using the best storytelling techniques.
  • Focus is on enterprise and investigations along with digital strategy.
  • Responsible for planning digital and print projects, in addition to writing features.
  • Created and author our popular daily sports newsletter, the Denver Sports Omelette, which arrives in readers’ inboxes at 6 a.m. Monday-Friday.

  Sports Editor

        Fort Collins Coloradoan (April 2016 – March 2017)
  •  Led a staff of three full-time and two part-time reporters and pushed an emphasis on enterprise reporting.
  • In 2016, the only publications in the United States to win more national awards from the Associated Press Sports Editors the the Coloradoan (10) were The Washington Post (16), The New York Times (15)  and The Seattle Times (11).
  • APSE Top 10 daily section, Sunday section, special section and website.
  • Broke story on internal investigation Colorado State University hid for two years regarding men’s basketball coach Larry Eustachy abusing his players.

Columnist & Digital Sports Manager

        Fort Collins Coloradoan (July 2014 – April 2016)
  • 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

        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