The more things change, the more they stay the same.
Three times in my life, I’ve packed up all my belongings and moved on to a new adventure, all in pursuit of this crazy dream of mine where I get to write about sports for a living.
And three times, after about two and a half years (give or take a couple months), I’ve found myself in the sports editor’s chair, taking over the responsibilities of making sure every team gets covered, every story gets written and edited and every page gets printed on time.
It’s a challenge I enjoy. There’s something about this deadline thing that just suits me. (Maybe it’s my tendency to procrastinate as much as possible that makes deadlines that much more of a thrill.)
So, when the opportunity to take over as the Transcript Bulletin’s next sports editor came up with the departure of my colleague and friend Tavin Stucki, I jumped at the opportunity. This will be the third time I’ve been a sports editor, having spent a combined four years in charge of daily sections in New Mexico and California. It seemed like the right time to take on that challenge yet again.
But that’s enough about me. You see, my career has never been about me or my achievements or any sort of pursuit of glory.
It’s always been about you, the readers. You, the athletes. You, their parents. I’m just the messenger. That has been my mentality everywhere I’ve gone in my career, whether I’ve been covering basketball games in a remote part of the Navajo Nation in New Mexico, soccer matches just off the Sunset Strip in Los Angeles or last month’s state wrestling tournament in Orem.
As I write this, the search for my replacement as community news editor is on, and I’m still juggling that role along with my responsiblities as sports editor. That, admittedly, will keep me from covering as many games or getting as many stories into each edition as I would like. But, once that position is filled and the Transcript Bulletin’s newsroom staff is back to full strength, I am open to any suggestions as to how the sports section — your sports section — can be made even better.
Meanwhile, I promise you I will give it my best effort. I’m not going to do anything halfway. It may be my name on these stories and these pages, but it’s your sports section. I owe it to you to make the Transcript Bulletin’s sports pages the best they can possibly be, and I will stop at nothing to make that a reality.
I look forward to seeing you all at various sporting events in Tooele County in the days, weeks, months and years ahead.
Darren Vaughan is the sports editor for the Transcript Bulletin. Email him at email@example.com with any comments or suggestions.