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Myers joins Press as sports editor

January 08, 2002|By DARREN SIMON, Staff Writer

Richard Myers has joined the Imperial Valley Press as sports editor, bringing 25 years of experience in covering prep and community sports.

Myers, who worked for the last 12 years as sports editor of the Lodi News Sentinel in Northern California, said he is looking forward to covering eight high schools and a junior college.

He added his goal is to cover all local high school sports in a fair and balanced manner, giving equal coverage to boys and girls athletics.

He said the sports department will reach out to other local community sports such as Little League baseball, karate or any other local sport activities.


Myers added he has an interest in motor sports and the Imperial Valley offers a chance to cover such sports.

The 49-year-old Myers said throughout his 25-year career covering sports, he has covered only one professional game, a soccer match, and the only reason he covered it was one of the players was from the community he was covering.

"My love and passion is for local sports," said Myers, who took the reins of the sports department Monday. "I don't mind watching (pro sports) on TV. I just have no desire to cover it. My interest is community sports."

Press Editor Bret Kofford said Myers brings an energy toward covering local sports that will help improve coverage.

"We've had a good sports department, but we think with Richard it can be a great sports department," Kofford said. "From everything I've been able to find out, he has boundless energy and enthusiasm."

Born in Santa Barbara, Myers said he has always had a love for writing. He wrote for newspapers put out by his elementary, middle and high schools.

He started his career in journalism close to the Imperial Valley in Blythe. He worked as sports editor for the weekly there for two years before moving on to other papers.

He spent much of his career working for weekly newspapers, both as sports editor and as editor of the overall coverage of communities.

Myers said at that time he vowed to never work for a daily paper because he liked the close connection he had with the community when working for the weeklies.

However, when the Lodi News Sentinel — which publishes six days a week with a circulation of about 17,000 — offered him a position, he decided to accept.

Myers said the Lodi paper was still small enough so he could maintain close contact with coaches and players and give fair coverage to high school and community sports.

Myers said the Imperial Valley Press offers the same opportunity — to maintain contact with coaches and players and give the community local coverage.

Myers said he is looking forward to working with Sports Writer Eric Galvan, a member of the Press staff for two years.

Myers added he will have an open-door policy.

"People can always call and give us story ideas, to give us feedback, to tell us about upcoming sports events or accomplishments."

>> Staff Writer Darren Simon can be reached at 337-4082.

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