College Basketball Feature Reporting
--A feature on Tony Mitchell, who found a home at North Texas after signing with Missouri as one of the most prestigious recruits in the history of the school
--A historical look at Tyus Edney's famous buzzer-beater in the 1995 NCAA Tournament game between UCLA and Missouri.
--An online feature for SLAM Magazine on Creighton senior Grant Gibbs, a team captain and emotional leader despite a multitude of surgeries and injuries.
--A preview from the 2012 NCAA Tournament about the underdog Ohio Bobcats, a story which appeared in The Huffington Post.
--A review of Gregg Marshall's rebuilding job at Wichita State, two months before the Shockers made a run to the Final Four
--I wrote about Saint Louis' swarming defense after it dominated Butler and Brad Stevens.
--After San Diego State outlasted a pesky Missouri State team in Springfield, I wrote a feature on star Jamaal Franklin's unique playing style.
--After the first round of the Big 12 Tournament, I wrote about two seniors who played their final games in Kansas City.
"Where Are They Now" Features
I franchised a "Where Are They Now" series for PowerMizzou.com, a subset of Rivals.com. I worked to track down former University of Missouri athletes and wrote features about their whereabouts, including:
--A feature on the daughter of two former MU athletes who nearly died on the operating table as an infant
--A former basketball star takes his daughter under his wing after her mother died of cancer
--Two MU basketball stars, both from the same suburban St. Louis high school, choose different career paths
--A former basketball player finds redemption after his MU career ended in abrupt fashion
I also wrote about high school prospects during the summer, covering camps and cultivating relationships with coaches and players:
--The long road for a tight end prospect from Minnesota
--A major quarterback prospect about to burst on the scene
Web Extras for Broadcast
Here are a few samples of the extensive web stories I wrote, which accompanied my broadcast stories for television:
--Part One and Part Three of the Steven Rios Series, both written as magazine-like features
--A Target 8 Investigation into a prosecutor's decision to bring criminal charges against a father
--A day-turn story about convicted killer Ryan Ferguson after his attorney filed an appeal
--An early look at Jo Ann Emerson's resignation from the U.S. Congress and how it would affect taxpayers