Ryan Anderson is a former Collegiate Sports Information Director (SID), Newspaper Editor and Reporter who currently works as a freelance journalist and scribe for hire in addition to providing content for his own websites.
Ryan earned a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree in Journalism from the University of Central Florida (UCF) with a minor in Advertising/Public Relations. He also earned a Master of Science (M.S.) Degree in Sport Management from Houston Christian University (formerly Houston Baptist University).
At present, Ryan is working on a Master of Arts (M.A.) degree in Mass Communication with a concentration in Public Interest Communication and a Graduate Certificate in Global Strategic Communication from the University of Florida. Ryan is a firm believer in the philosophy that one should never stop learning.
Ryan is a member of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) and Baseball Bloggers Association.
In addition to JRyanAnderson.com, Ryan also serves as the Managing Editor and Chief Content Creator of TheAerospaceHistorian.com, BallparksBeachesandBeyond.com, and SouthpawMusings.com.
Ryan has been recognized by the Texas Press Association (TPA) with a First Place Award for News Writing, and a Third Place Award for Column Writing, as well as receiving a First Place in column writing recognition from the Florida Press Women and other organizations.
Ryan was also responsible for the creation of Knight Times, a 10,000 circulation weekly newspaper that served UCF and the surrounding community for three years.
Writing and sports have been lifelong passions for Ryan. Therefore, writing about sports was a logical way to mix the two passions together.
Ryan became hooked on baseball as a youngster in Maryland and considers Cal Ripken, Jr. his favorite player of all time.
Ryan’s baseball fever was further enhanced after a move to Florida where he attended countless spring training and minor league games with his mother.
It was during the Florida years Ryan grew to appreciate the soothing properties of a day by the water as well as a day spent in the ballpark. Despite now living in Texas, Ryan still returns to Florida each year for a week of Grapefruit League Spring Training games.
Prior to the arrival of COVID-19, Ryan attended 8-10 baseball games a month at various stadiums throughout the state and surrounding region. Ryan has a goal is to visit all 30 MLB ballparks at least once, while also visiting at least three new ballparks a year on the Independent, Minor, and Major League circuits.
Ryan is a firm believer in the power of story as it relates to journalism’s ability to present facts in a clear and entertaining way. A way which brings readers along for the journey.
Ryan is always looking for the next story to tell, so feel free to use the contact link to discuss any freelance projects.
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