FINDLAY — Jamie Baker, a Fostoria native and award-winning sports writer at The Courier for 18 years, has been named the newspaper’s sports editor.
Baker succeeds Larry Alter, who retired on Dec. 31 after 42 years as sports editor.
“Larry set the bar for comprehensive sports coverage and Jamie will raise it,” Editor Peter Mattiace said. “Jamie is a true northwestern Ohio sports champion, a proven winner on the mat as well as on the keyboard.”
Baker said, “I’m looking forward to working with veterans Dave Hanneman and Ted Radick and newcomer Andrew Williams to our give print and online readers the most accurate and up-to-date sports coverage possible.”
Baker, 45, graduated from St. Wendelin Catholic School, where he won the Class A state heavyweight championship in wrestling in 1986.
He graduated with honors from Wright State University with a political science degree. There, he lettered in wrestling for four years.
Baker went to law school at Ohio Northern University for one year before joining the Review Times, then The Tiffin Advertiser-Tribune. He joined The Courier in 1996.
Baker has won many state awards for his work from the Associated Press Society of Ohio, the Ohio Prep Sports Writers Association and the Ohio High School Athletic Association.
He is a member of the athletic association’s Media Advisory Committee, a statewide panel of sports editors and reporters who meet with the association to improve media access to coaches and players.
He lives in Cass Township with his wife, Jeanine; two daughters, Elise and Kate; and a Boston terrier, Grady.
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