New Year's is a time of celebration, of new beginnings, new endeavors and renewed hope.
One year ago, though, it marked the end of an era. On January 1, 2010, The Washington Times published its final sports section, a development that left myself and about two dozen colleagues unemployed, and left D.C. sports fans with one less outlet from which to get their news.
Twelve months later, we've all moved on. Several former Times staffers have gotten jobs at other newspapers. Several have been hired by websites. Some have used the layoff as an opportunity to shift into new professions. A few, unfortunately, are still seeking full-time employment.
Overall, though, I think it's impressive that so many ex-Times folks have gone on to bigger and better things, especially in the current economic (and journalistic) climate. If nothing else, it confirms to me just how talented our staff was, and how short-sighted the Times was in eliminating the entire department. (The paper, by the way, recently announced intentions to re-install a sports section, perhaps finally seeing the error of its ways.)
On this, the one-year anniversary of our final sports section at The Washington Times, I wanted to provide an update of the staff's current whereabouts. We may no longer work together as a team, but we remain a close-knit group that keeps tabs on each other. And I hope we always remain that way.
Best wishes to all of my former colleagues and to all of you for a happy, healthy and successful 2011.
THE WASHINGTON TIMES SPORTS STAFF
WHERE THEY ARE NOW
Bob Cohn, Sports features writer
Now: Staff writer, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
Dan Daly, Columnist
Now: Contributor, TBD.com
Barker Davis, Georgetown and golf beat writer
Now: Director of content selection and management, Advanced Workstations in Education, Inc.
David Elfin, Redskins beat writer
Now: NFC East blogger, AOL FanHouse
Jon Fogg, Copy editor
Now: Copy editor, Baltimore Sun
Mike Fratto, Copy editor
Now: Content specialist, Presto Sports; Navy sports writer, Annapolis Patch
David Gill, Copy editor
Now: Technical writer/editor, American Red Cross
Ben Goessling, Nationals beat writer
Now: Nationals beat writer, MASNsports.com
Harrison Goodman, Assistant Sports Editor
Now: Designer, USA Today glossy magazines
Drew Hansen, Copy editor
Now: Editor, Del Ray Patch
Mark Hartsell, Asst. Managing Editor for Sports
Now: Editor and writer, U.S. Library of Congress newsletter
Dick Heller, Columnist
Now: Columnist, Heller's Corner
Mike Jones, Wizards beat writer
Now: Redskins beat writer, TBD.com
Tom Knott, Columnist
Now: Owner of The Black Squirrel bar
Tim Lemke, Sports business writer
Now: Editor, Odenton Patch
Thom Loverro, Columnist
Now: Co-Host of "The Sports Fix," ESPN-980 AM; Columnist, Washington Examiner
Corey Masisak, Capitals beat writer
Now: Capitals insider, CSNwashington.com; Correspondent, NHL.com
Teshia Morris, Copy editor
Now: Copy editor, Wilmington News-Journal
Ryan O'Halloran, Redskins beat writer
Now: Redskins beat writer, CSNwashington.com
Mike Petre, Copy editor
Now: Copy editor, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
Steve Repsher, Copy editor
Now: Searching for full-time employment, originator of "Clip 'n Save"
Scott Silverstein, Deputy Sports Editor
Now: Copy editor, Washington Examiner
Patrick Stevens, Maryland and colleges beat writer
Now: Covering college sports for D1scourse, AOL FanHouse, CSNwashington.com, Lacrosse Magazine
John Taylor, Deputy Sports Editor
Now: Director of editorial operations, SB Nation
Steve Whyno, Copy editor
Now: Editor and Flyers beat writer, PhillySportsDaily.com