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Independent Tribune sports reporter Jay Boyd

CONCORD – When I thought of what I wanted to do after college, it often involved moving close to home and joining a newsroom where I could grow my love of sports using journalistic mediums. The Independent Tribune has offered me an opportunity to do just that, and I am more than ready to build on its wonderful reputation.

Hello, Greater Cabarrus County, and thank you for an opportunity to begin work in such a storied community. I’m Jay Boyd, a recent graduate of Appalachian State University, and a lifelong resident of the Charlotte area.

My love of sports has been strong as long as I can remember, and my use of journalism to express this has been active since high school. Like I said, I’m a recent college graduate, but I graduated from East Gaston High School of Mount Holly in 2015. While still attending EGHS, I reached out to The Gaston Gazette to begin work on its sports desk as an intern. I continued this through the end of my senior year and began work as a freelance writer upon graduation.

Since then, I have worked alongside many young journalists while writing and producing sports stories on different mediums, print and digital. I wrote for App State’s student-run newspaper, The Appalachian, for a year before I started at the student-run television station, AppTV.

Working alongside students and staff with AppTV, I took over as host of “Mountaineer Spotlight,” a weekly segment where I sat down with a student-athlete or coach to discuss their sport, their success and the weeks ahead.

I loved every minute of my time on App State’s campus, from being able to work closely with the Watauga County community and its precious Mountaineers to meeting the people and making a home of the mountainous terrain. That is what I most look forward to as I begin writing for the Independent Tribune. I can’t wait to work with this community and tell the stories that make it proud.

I’m sure you’re wondering who my ties are to as a fan. You won’t find anything outside of North Carolina on my list of favorite teams.

Since I am a lifelong resident of the Charlotte area, I have long been in love with the sports this state and area have to offer. I am a big Panthers fan, as well as a Hornets fan. I look forward to discussing those teams with you guys in the next few months as we meet.

As for college teams, my Mountaineers come first, but I am a Tar Heel. Sorry if this comes as a disappointment to you, but I refuse to abandon my love for all things UNC basketball and Roy Williams.

As for my thoughts on the level of competition I’ll most often be following for you guys, I love high school sports, and I think North Carolina has some of the best to offer. The competition and tradition in this state, and this area specifically, enhance the games and environments greatly.

High school sports, to me, are the last pure level of sports this country has to offer. As money and corruption continue at the college and professional level, love for the game stays central on the minds of high school student-athletes, and I cannot wait to write and create pieces that speak to that.

I’m excited to work with the student-athletes, coaches and staff and can’t wait to build a relationship with the community that will allow me to do my job more effectively and thoroughly.

Thank you to sports editor C. Jemal Horton and the Independent Tribune for the opportunity to work for a great paper and learn from some of the best around. I’ll do everything I can to soak up the knowledge and create in a special way for this paper and the readers.

I am overjoyed with the possibilities ahead of me and excited to get started as an active participant of this community. Thank you all for your time and for allowing me the space to work in the place you all call home. I can’t wait to start working and seeing what all Greater Cabarrus County has to offer.

Send e-mail to Jay Boyd at tboyd@independenttribune.com. Follow him on Twitter: @boydblue66

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