The Sterling Journal-Advocate and South Platte Sentinel has welcomed Kyle Inman aboard as the newspapers’ new sports writer.
Inman, 32, is a Kansas native, having grown up in western Kansas, and is an avid basketball fan.
“I was raised in a house full of basketball,” Inman said. “I’ve played all my life.” He added that his mother even played for the University of Kansas Lady Jayhawks.
At 6’5″, Inman is a natural for the game, and played all through high school and some in college. At Decatur Community High School in Oberlin, Kan., he played for the Red Devils team that went to the state playoffs his junior year.
“We only lost two games that year, but we got beat by a team that was undefeated, so they took the state championship,” he said.
Inman also played football, as a receiver and safety, and golf in high school.
Although the Sterling job is his first as a professional sportswriter, Inman spent several years writing about sports for his college newspaper, the Griffon News at Missouri Western. While there he covered the NCAA Women’s Final Four in 2013 and the Kansas City Chiefs summer training camp from 2011 through 2013.
Inman doesn’t have a traditional journalism degree, but rather earned a Bachelor of Science in convergent media. The discipline is fairly new and focuses on the use of new technology in presenting information to a wide audience. Inman’s experience includes a stint in Las Vegas, Nev., working for what he simply called “a website.”
Editor Sara Waite said it was Inman’s education and his writing style that caught her attention.
“Kyle’s degree positions him perfectly for our company’s increasing emphasis on online journalism,” she said. “Newspaper journalism is changing fast, and it’s constantly moving toward more use of social media, more use of online story posting, and reporting across multiple platforms. We need more journalists who are comfortable in those areas, and we think Kyle will do well with that.”
Inman said that, although he comes most recently from the bright lights and fast pace of Las Vegas, Sterling is more like home to him.
“This is more like my home town,” he said. “The people are really nice. I can’t wait to really get into the high school sports here.”
He said he is especially looking forward the Northeastern Junior College basketball season, but will enjoy covering all sports.
“You want to talk sports? I’ll tall sports all day long,” he said.
Sara Waite: 970-526-9310, firstname.lastname@example.org