Jacob Vaughan, who previously worked as a sports reporter for The Petersburg Progress-Index, officially assumed sports editing duties at The Hopewell News and News-Patriot on Aug. 13.
He replaced Neil Fuller, who served in the role for three months.
“We are very fortunate to have an experienced, efficient sports writer like Jake join our team,” said Hopewell News Publisher Mike Davis. “He made the seamless transition in taking over for Neil Fuller, who also did a great job.”
Vaughan has been covering sports in the Tri Cities since 2009, at first as an intern and then as a full-time sports writer.
An alumnus of Virginia Commonwealth University, Vaughan said his familiarity with the local sports landscape will aid his coverage of every sport.
“I love working in Hopewell and the surrounding areas,” Vaughan said. “I look forward to putting my unwavering passion for sports to good use in the Tri Cities.”
Prior to graduating from VCU in 2010, Vaughan covered the 2009 session of the Virginia General Assembly as a student reporter for Capital News Service. His articles were published by a variety of newspapers and web sites across the state.
Vaughan is also an experienced freelance sports writer. In 2011, he contributed a column to The Sports Network, a nationally syndicated sports wire service, that was published by numerous media outlets nationwide.
“I’m confident that Jake will continue the tradition that our sports department has held over the years,” Davis said. “We’re looking forward to taking your sports coverage to the next level.”
A native of Louisa County, Vaughan plays soccer at every opportunity. He also enjoys traveling, collecting sports memorabilia and spending time with friends and family.
Jacob Vaughan assumed sports editing duties at The Hopewell News and News-Patriot on Aug. 13 (staff photo).