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Sports reporter Tanner Russ moves on to further his education in media, journalism

   My time as the sports reporter for the Wilsonville Spokesman has come to an end, and what a time it's been. I've seen two senior classes of athletes graduate, seen plucky, young, talented athletes come along, and seen coaches do the same.

I've been to state championship events, playoff games, league battles and routs, and preseason play across the sports spectrum. I've covered events I never thought I would or even knew about beforehand. (Trap shooting is an organized sport, and summer play draws a decent number of eyeballs. The things you learn).Tanner Russ

I've learned how to manage my time in a more useful manner professionally, how to write on a schedule and how to take notes. I've learned how to shoot action photos, how to edit the least blurry photos, and how to design a decent newspaper page. I've learned how to listen in an interview, isolate important information and draw people into an engaging conversation.

But the best thing I have done over my two years of working for Pamplin Media is meet driven, kind and interesting people. I cannot say enough good things about the people I work with daily in the Canby/Molalla office, and the people up at the Lake Oswego Review office are equally as pleasant. They took a chance on me and I cannot thank them enough for that. I knew this was something I wanted to try, and now it's something I know I want to pursue wholeheartedly.

I've also met coaches, athletes and parents who were fervent in their dedication to the sports they participate in and support. No job in the public sphere is without people who will harangue you with dissenting opinions, but my general experience (particularly among the athletes and coaches) has been overwhelmingly positive and supporting. For that, I am eternally grateful. This job has been a great training ground for me and I cannot express how much that means.

Lastly, this job let me try out podcasting in a somewhat professional manner. For the tens of you that listened and put up with my terrible jokes and nasally voice, blessings be upon you. You've indulged me and I thank you for it.

As I fly off to New York (no, not the city — I'm getting ready to attend graduate school at Syracuse University), I will always keep this beat in a special place in my heart. Sure, it wasn't perfect, and yes, I've gained a little weight, but this has been one of the best experiences of my life.


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