A new adventure means goodbye to the Twin Cities

Sports Reporter
Sam is the sports reporter for ABC Newspapers, covering high school, junior college and community sports in the area. He joined the staff in October 2016.

In the media industry, you never know when opportunities will come and go. For me, I’ve always eyed the chance to go back to Fargo. It’s where I went to college after growing up 45 miles south of there. So Fargo was home to many friends and family and was a place I visited often, especially in the fall to watch North Dakota State football.

Sports writing opportunities in the Fargo-Moorhead area are slim. So when I was offered a chance to do so, I knew I had to accept the job. You just never know when that opportunity will happen again.

My new adventure takes me to Spotlight Media, a company that publishes several magazines in the Fargo-Moorhead community. A big focus of mine will be on Bison Illustrated, which covers NDSU Athletics and is right in my wheelhouse.

That means my time at ABC Newspapers will come to an end quicker than I anticipated.

My time here has been fantastic. From co-workers to coaches and players, it was great working with them all. I went from a small-town daily newspaper in North Dakota to a weekly paper in the Twin Cities. It’s not an easy adjustment to make. Deadlines are different. There are more teams to cover. And the sports programs overall are just bigger than those in the Devils Lake area.

In Devils Lake, I was used to being in continuous contact with the coaches. Here, with eight high schools that have up to 10 different activities or sports in a season, that’s much more challenging. But all the coaches were great when I sent an email or a phone call. They allowed me to come to practices or chat after games. Access to teams was never an issue, which is something any sports reporter can greatly appreciate.

It always helps, too, when there’s success in the area. The 2016-17 sports teams in ABC Newspaper’s coverage area kept me busy deep into state tournaments. They brought me to field level at Target Field and U.S. Bank Stadium. They brought me to the press box at the Xcel Energy Center and court level at Target Center.

For that, I’m thankful. Success always makes for better stories. And these teams allowed me to come in and share their stories.

Now it’s time for a new adventure. Covering Division I sports has always been a goal of mine. Exploring writing opportunities outside of newspapers has also intrigued me. This new job gives me the opportunity to do both while calling Fargo home once again.

My final day at ABC Newspapers is July 28. Thank you to all who have made my job here easier. Good luck to all the players and coaches in the upcoming sports years.

The 2016-17 season provided a lot of great moments. And I have a feeling this next year will be just as exciting for area sports fans.

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