By HOWARD BALABAN firstname.lastname@example.org
Medina Journal-Register — The Journal-Register’s newest staff member is Kevin Prise, a Western New York native whose job began today. Prise replaced Mike Wertman, who called it a career at the J-R last week.
Prise is a 2013 honors graduate of Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communication.
While at SU, he reported for the award-winning student newspaper, The Daily Orange. Among the teams he covered were women’s basketball, tennis, lacrosse, track and field, rowing and occasionally men’s basketball.
“I did a little bit of everything,” Prise said.
As a way to gain experience while still a student, Prise also worked with the Buffalo Bisons as a public relations associate and at Buffalo sports radio station WGR as a production assistant. He covered Bisons games for the team’s website and at WGR he worked with the Howard Simon Show, where his responsibilities included handling the popular “whiner line.”
Most recently, Prise worked for Golf Digest/Golf World magazines. He also created the website “One Step Away: Life in Minor League Golf.” The site included a number of blog entries written from interviews of a host of players across the Midwest looking to earn their PGA Tour card.
Prise said he is excited to start his career in Western New York because the area is home and the job is something he has wanted for some time.
“I’ve always wanted to be a sports writer and I love the area,” he said. “I’m from here and to be able to start my career here, doing what I love to do. I couldn’t be happier.”
The coverage area of the J-R appealed to Prise. He said the small amount of schools will allow him to “develop relationships with coaches and players and tell their stories” both on and off the field of play.
Prise said stepping into a position held by the same person for 35 years is a bit of a daunting task, but he noted that he will bring a similar philosophy to the job. Noting that Wertman had integrated himself into the schools and community, Prise said he looked forward to keeping that spirit alive.
“I want to keep that because we need that,” he said. “That sense of community and connectivity is important.”