Bye Florida, hello Craig
John Vandelinder joins Daily Press staff
Craig — STAFF REPORT
Sitting on a press box bench after four quarters of high school football, John Vandelinder remembered being neither fatigued nor agitated.
He was excited.
From the moment he witnessed that contest in 2004 and constructed his first story, he said he had found his dream.
Vandelinder said he is continuing that dream at Craig Daily Press.
“I’ve been working hard to get this opportunity, and I plan on providing the best sports coverage to the residents of Craig,” he said.
Vandelinder relocated to Craig from Boca Raton, Fla. There, it was common for him to drive two hours to attend games. The drive wasn’t important, he said. Getting the story was.
“There is no place too far when it comes to writing about sports,” he said. “The drive was painstaking, but I would do it all over again without hesitation.”
Vandelinder earned his communications degree from Palm Beach Community College and worked in radio broadcasting for two years, winning several awards.
From there, he got the writing bug and began his writing career as a freelance high school sports reporter at South Florida Sun-Sentinel.
It was a bigger community and newspaper, he said. But living in a place where people know each other’s name was an opportunity he couldn’t pass up.
“I’m excited to be part of a smaller community, where relationships are valued, and people remember your name. I have found that here in Craig,” he said.
“We’re very excited to have John here,” Daily Press editor Jerry Raehal said. “From the first interview on the phone to when he came out here to visit, I could tell John has a passion about sports writing.”
Covering a full range of sports, from high school to recreation, is a goal of Vandelinder’s.
“All sports are equal in my eyes,” he said. “Don’t hesitate to contact me regarding any event. I’m here to live the dream – sports.”
John Vandelinder can be reached at 824-7031, ext. 211, or email@example.com
Support Local Journalism
Support Local Journalism
Readers around Craig and Moffat County make the Craig Press’ work possible. Your financial contribution supports our efforts to deliver quality, locally relevant journalism.
Now more than ever, your support is critical to help us keep our community informed about the evolving coronavirus pandemic and the impact it is having locally. Every contribution, however large or small, will make a difference.
Each donation will be used exclusively for the development and creation of increased news coverage.
Start a dialogue, stay on topic and be civil.
If you don't follow the rules, your comment may be deleted.
User Legend: Moderator Trusted User