Friday, September 22, 2017

Welcome, Matt Welch, as BGS partner for day-to-day operations

Welcome, Matt Welch, to the BlueGoldSports.com family. Matt will take the reigns as a partner with me and will oversee the day-to-day operations of the site. He’ll work with each and every reporter on staff to help them go above and beyond expectations and help take BlueGoldSports.com to the next level.

Matt comes to us after taking a few months away from journalism, but his most recent stop allowed him to see much success. He last worked with Dejan Kovacevic at DKPittsburghSports.com, where he started as WVU beat writer in March of 2016. He covered the Mountaineers’ football run to 10 wins last season, both home and away, learning the ins and outs of the beat as the lone voice among the Pittsburgh media on the scene in Morgantown.

Through building quick relationships, Matt broke the news on the transfer of David Sills last summer, just months after joining the beat, which houses double-digit reporters in Morgantown. As I mentioned, Matt traveled and covered the Mountaineers on the road, too, including the season-finale bowl game.

Matt also covered Robert Morris and Duquesne basketball at DKPS as well as the Pittsburgh Riverhounds pro soccer club. He also served as a longform features writer.

Before his stint with DKPS, Matt was the sports editor at the Times West Virginian, the daily newspaper in Fairmont. He served there nearly four years after joining the newsroom out of college, when he graduated from West Virginia University in 2013. At the TWV, Matt won several awards, including a first-place prize in sports feature writing as well as a second-place award for a piece in sports news reporting. Projects that he worked on, such as preseason football sections, were also awarded with first, second and third place awards while at Fairmont.

Matt brings a veteran voice to BGS and provides enormous insight to our budding reporters here. The payoff will surely show through the coming months with those guys and gals.

Matt brings with him a wealth of knowledge about the business as well as a passion not only for WVU athletics but for the journalistic process.

We’re excited to have him on board and to get the ball rolling as partners.

(Photo courtesy of Matt Sunday/DKPittsburghSports.)

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