This column will regularly offer profiles of our news staff — those who write the stories, take the pictures and videos, create maps, edit the stories and design pages.
Today, we feature our two full-time sports reporters, Alex J. Jankowski and Joshua D. Scroggin. Besides reporting, they help select state and national sports stories, design pages and edit copy as needed.
Alex J. Jankowski
Alex, 24, joined the staff late last year as prep sports reporter, covering all 12 high schools and prep sports countywide.
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The native of Buffalo, N.Y., moved here for the job — and the weather, he jokes. He last worked as sports editor for the Ketchikan Daily News in Ketchikan, Alaska, where it rains on average 154.6 inches a year.
Before that, Alex was editor of the Rare Reminder, a weekly in Rocky Hill, Conn., and associate sports editor of the Daily Targum, the student newspaper at Rutgers University in New Jersey, where he received his bachelor of arts degree. He majored in journalism and media studies and minored in American studies. While there, he won a Society of Professional Journalists collegiate regional excellence award for sports writing and sports column writing.
Alex says he enjoys journalism because it offers “the ability to tell stories and show how sports are an integral part of our community and culture.’’
Future goals include attending — or covering — the Super Bowl, Stanley Cup Finals and Wimbledon.
Outside of the office, Alex enjoys watching sports, playing sports and talking sports — as well as hiking and cooking. He lives in Atascadero with his girlfriend, Vanessa, who works as a product manager for a software company.
Joshua D. Scroggin
He’s also the newsroom’s interactivity reporter, helping develop our social media strategy and offer staff training on best practices for social media accounts/apps and mobile multimedia.
The Fresno native moved to San Luis Obispo County in February 2006 to cover high school sports, then assumed the college beat when that became available.
After graduating from Fresno State with a journalism degree and a collegiate national excellence award from the Society of Professional Journalists in 2004, Josh worked as a sports reporter at the McClatchy-owned Merced Sun-Star from 2004 to 2006.
“I enjoy the fast-paced work environment of The Tribune and find journalism fulfilling for allowing us to impact the community through the stories we share,” he says. “My goal is to inform and entertain our audience with content they will not find elsewhere.”
If you’ve ever seen Josh on a football field or in a basketball court, you may have noticed that he loves to sport unorthodox and intricate necktie knots. Outside of work, he’s a doting dad to his 2 1/2-year-old son — and a huge comic book fan.
Josh is married to Samantha, who works in communications for Dignity Health.
Sandra Duerr is executive editor of The Tribune. If you have specific ideas for coverage, please email her at email@example.com or write to her c/o The Tribune, P.O. Box 112, San Luis Obispo, CA 93406-0112. Follow on Twitter @SandraDuerr.