CINCINNATI – It will be a home run for WCPO.com readers when long-time Reds beat writer John Fay starts writing a regular sports column on the website this week.
Fay is not only bringing his Reds expertise after 15 years of covering the team game-by-game, day-to-day, he adds 33 years of experience writing about Tri-State sports – from Bengals to colleges to high schools.
"I'm happy to announce that John Fay is going to cover sports for WCPO.com and write several columns a week," Editor-in-Chief Mike Canan said. "He knows the market. He was born and raised here. He's passionate about local sports.
"I started reading John's work covering the Reds in 2001 when I was still in college. I have been an admirer of his ability to take readers into the clubhouse and not just tell you what happened in the game but help you get to know the players."
Fay also has a great online connection with readers as his 43,000 Twitter followers attest, Canan said.
"John probably has more Twitter followers than any journalist in Cincinnati. He's great at taking questions, and the way he interacts with people shows he respects them," Canan said.
Fay said he is eager to continue his sports writing career with WCPO.com after retiring from the Cincinnati Enquirer last week. The Reds honored Fay with a ceremony at the ballpark during their final homestand.
Here's what Fay says about:
Writing for WCPO.com: "When I decided to accept early retirement, I didn’t want to 'retire' and quit working. WCPO.com was the only place I looked. I've been looking at the website and it's outstanding."
His online presence: "Covering baseball has become much more digitally driven. It's gratifying to know that I have a lot of Twitter followers and many of them were anxious to know if I was going to stay on in some way. That's another reason WCPO.com is a perfect landing spot for me."
Covering Cincinnati sports: "One of the things I look forward to is writing about all the different sports in town. Certainly my expertise in is the Reds, and I'll have a lot to say about the Reds. But when you cover baseball year-round, you don't get a chance to write about anything else. Obviously the Bengals are hot and I want to jump on that subject, too."
Canan said it will be great to have Fay's insight and analysis on WCPO.com and Fay will have a larger presence on the WCPO brand.
"John will do some interactive storytelling. He'll appear on the 'Fifth Mascot' (WCPO.com's weekly Reds talk show during the season) for sure, and you can expect to see him on 'Sports of All Sorts' on Sunday nights and on different places on WCPO, both TV and online," Canan said.