Medina Journal-Register — The Journal-Register has hired Corey Desiderio to serve as its sports editor. Desiderio replaces Kevin Prise, who took at job with Golf World last month.
Desiderio is a Western New York native, spending most of his life in Amherst. After graduating from Sweet Home High School he attended SUNY Brockport. He graduated from the college in December, a semester early.
While at Brockport, Desiderio worked for The Stylus, the college’s award-winning newspaper. He started out as a sports beat writer and worked his way up to online editor, sports editor and, eventually, managing editor.
Sports has remained his primary interest.
“I’ve always loved sports, no matter which one,” Desiderio said. “It’s a lot of fun to attend games and get to know the athletes.”
Desiderio’s experience as an athlete has come mainly on the volleyball court. He played the sport in both high school and college, serving as president of the club team at Brockport. He has also played baseball in the past. He said his time as a player helped him develop “an appreciation for all sports.”
Jokingly, he added that since he could not “major in sports” he decided to pursue a career that would allow him to “get paid while attending sporting events.”
Desiderio said he learned of the job opening at the Journal-Register right around the time Prise left. He tracked down Prise online, chatted him up about the job and decided that it sounded good.
“I thought this was a really unique opportunity,” Desiderio said of the array of responsibilities in the Journal-Register’s sports department. “Not many people fresh out of college get a chance like this.”
The initiative that Desiderio showed in learning about the job and the Medina community clinched the decision to hire him, managing editor Joyce Miles said.
“Corey is a go-getter. He’s eager to get out there and meet people, coaches and athletes, and tell their stories. I trust our readers will be quite pleased with his work,” Miles said.