Ryan Anderson is a former Collegiate Sports Information Director (SID), Newspaper Editor and Reporter who currently works as a Freelance Journalist and Scribe for Hire.
Ryan received his BA in Journalism from the University of Central Florida with a minor in Advertising/Public Relation. Ryan also holds Master of Science Degrees in Sport Management and Strategic Communication from Houston Baptist University and Arkansas State University, respectively. Ryan is also a member of the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) and Baseball Bloggers Association.
During a 20-plus-year writing career, Ryan has been recognized by the Texas Press Association (TPA) with a First Place Award for News Writing and a Third Place Award for Column Writing in addition to recognition from the Florida Press Women and other organizations.
Ryan was also responsible for the creation of Knight Times, a 10,000 circulation weekly newspaper that served the University of Central Florida (UCF) and surrounding community for three years. Ryan also covered Super Bowl XXXVIII in Houston which was the game that became more famous for the halftime show than the actual game.
Writing and sports have been lifelong passions for Ryan which meant that writing about sports was a logical way to mix the two passions together. Ryan became hooked on baseball as a youngster in Maryland and considers Cal Ripken, Jr. his favorite player of all time.
Ryan’s baseball fever was further enhanced after a move to Florida where he was able to attend countless spring training and minor league games with his mother.
It was during the Florida years that Ryan grew to appreciate the soothing properties of a day by the water as well as a day spent in the ballpark. Despite now living in Texas, Ryan still returns to Florida each year for a week of Grapefruit League Spring Training games.
On average Ryan attends 8-10 baseball games a month at various stadiums throughout the state and surrounding region. A goal of his is to visit all 30 MLB ballparks at least once. Ryan tries to visit at least three new ballparks a year on the Independent, Minor, and Major League circuits.
Ryan is a firm believer in the story telling appeal of journalism, as well as journalism’s ability to bring readers along for the journey while providing facts in a clear and entertaining manner.
Ryan is always looking for the next story to tell so feel free to use the contact link to discuss any freelance projects.
Copyright 2013 R. Anderson