Even as journalists came and journalists went around us, our Journal sports team has remained unchanged for more than four years.
Then, a few months ago, we lost two of us — longtime editor Bob Christ to retirement and assistant sports editor Steve Virgen to an opportunity in California — over a three-week period.
In turn, we’ve fortunately added some new faces, Sean Reider and Spencer Butler, and we’d love to do the introduction.
Reider is our new reporter on the beats of college football, primarily the University of New Mexico (as you’ll see elsewhere in this section), golf, and more to come.
Past contributors include The Detroit News, The Daily Telegram, and The State News. Born in Saginaw, Michigan, he attended Frankenmuth High School and Michigan State University, where he majored in journalism with a concentration in writing and editing.
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“The Journal is not only an excellent newspaper, but also has a tradition of strong, insightful sports reporting,” said Reider, 22. “I’m honored to help continue this effort and look forward to more in the coming months.” to learn about Albuquerque and New Mexico as a whole.”
Butler, 23, is an Albuquerque product who attended Sandia Prep and the University of New Mexico. He looks after the editorial team and is the first point of contact when many of you call us with information or questions. He also helped with our advance coverage of last month’s New Mexico Bowl.
“As an Albuquerque resident, I’ve looked forward to reading my journal each morning to catch up on the events of the previous day my entire life,” Butler said. “Now I can make sure you see all the interesting things that are happening in the world of sport.”
As a matter of fact. They look forward to engaging our readers, and we look forward to the more fresh perspectives and great energy they’ve already brought to our reporting.