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  Matt Crossman
 
Professional/Personal Overview
  I have written more than 30 cover stories in national sports magazines, but I’m not just a sports writer. I pride myself on being able to write about anything, and my specialty is profiles. I’ve written about billionaires and street singers, superstars and benchwarmers, Green Berets and nuns. In pursuit of stories I have delved into deep caves, climbed high mountains and gone shoe shopping in Manhattan with Robinson Cano. My work can be seen at mattcrossman.com.
Work Info
 
Expertise
Editor 4 Years
Writer 16 Years
Specialty
Outdoors 2 Years
War & Conflicts 1 Year
Sports & Recreation 15 Years
Total Media Industry Experience
20 Years
Media Client List (# assignments last 2 yrs)
SportsonEarth.com (11+), Charlotte Magazine (6-10), GX Magazine (6-10), Our State Magazine (3-5), Robb Report Collection (3-5), SBNation.com (3-5), BleacherReport.com (3-5)
Other Work History
Sporting News | St. Louis, MO/Charlotte, NC | 7/00-3/13
Writer | 6/07-3/13
Associate Editor | 7/00-6/07
• Author of 30 cover stories on NFL, Major League Baseball, College Basketball, College Football, NASCAR and cross-sports topics.

The Daily Telegram | Adrian, MI | 6/98-6/00
Managing Editor | 2/00-6/00
News Editor | 6/98-1/00
• Managed newsroom of 16,000-circulation newspaper.
• Developed ideas, assigned stories and coordinated all aspects of daily newsgathering.
• Wrote award-winning weekly column and editorials.
The Express-Times | Easton, PA | 8/97-5/98
City Hall Reporter
• Wrote daily stories pertaining to city government and political issues and events.

The Daily Telegram | Adrian, MI | 5/94-7/97
Staff Writer
• Covered topics related to City Hall, politics, the school board and the police department.
Computer Skills
I have the basic computer skills necessary to write stories.
Equipment
Mac Book Pro, audio recorder
References
Mike Nahrstedt, mike.nahrstedt@gmail.com
Michael Graff, michael.graff@charlottemagazine.com
Glenn Stout, glennstout@fairpoint.net
Bill Eichenberger, beichenberger@bleacherreport.com
Awards
National Motorsports Press Association | Race coverage (4), magazine writing (2) and feature writing
NMPA Magazine Writer of the Year (2005)
Pro Football Writers Association | Feature writing (3)
Best American Sports Writing | Notable mention (3)
Associated Press | Deadline writing and public service
Michigan Press Association | Deadline writing, column writing,
editorial writing and feature packages
Thomson Newspapers | Deadline writing
Associations
Professional Football Writers Association
Baseball Writers Association
National Motorsports Press Association
Other
I am the only writer in the 125-year history of Sporting News to appear on the cover.
Freelancer Availability
I freelance full-time. I live near Charlotte, NC. I am willing to travel anywhere. I have a driver's license. I have access to a car.
Work Samples
 
Sports  
(BleacherReport.com, 7/15/2014)
This is a story about every childhood in America-playing outside, hanging out with friends, toeing the line between fun and trouble. The only difference: The two lifelong friends in this story now make $291 million combined.
(Sportsonearth.com, 11/19/2013)
Danica Patrick's critics have long said that she has her job because of what she looks like rather than how she races. However true that is, it's also an ugly lie, because many drivers have their jobs for reasons unrelated to how they drive.
(Sporting News, 11/15/2012)
How a mother's love saved a college football player from drowning in the depths of grief and guilt after he nearly killed one of his best friends.
(Sporting News, 2/28/2011)
The guitar's name is Denise. It is Da'Quan Bowers' most prized possession, a 1964 Fender Stratocaster that his father played for most of Da'Quan's life to provide the family's income. "Put it like this," Da'Quan Bowers says, "if I left it with you, I'd rather something happened to you than to it."
War stories  
(Sportsonearth.com, 11/7/2014)
Tom Davis lost his leg in Iraq but not his drive. He now is one of the best handcyclists in the world.
(GX Magazine, 4/23/2014)
The incredible story of how three Green Berets risked their lives to save a fourth. He was completely transfused three times, needed two years to recover ... and now competes in triathlons.
(GX Magazine, 3/13/2014)
Before Soldiers can get to Q Course to become Green Berets, they must pass Special Forces Assessment and Selection, a grueling, three-week marathon of strength, stamina and problem-solving tests in which their every action-and reaction-is scrutinized.
(Our State Magazine, 11/2/2013)
Rowan County veterans salute comrades a final time with ceremonies befitting their service to our country.
Outdoors  
(Charlotte Magazine, 8/1/2014)
The top of Crowders Mountain is a place for bragging, for looking 25 miles into the distance, seeing Charlotte's skyline, and wondering about the people chained to cubicles contained therein. The top is being glad I live there because living there allows me to hike here. But the top is ugly.
(GX Magazine, 4/11/2014)
An Oklahoma Soldier and her daughter use fitness to fight children's cancer. But their determination was put to the test when they took a 22-mile hike-in 5 inches of snow.
(Our State Magazine, 1/1/2014)
Eight out of 10 days, this view from the top of Mount Mitchell is obscured by clouds. But anytime you stand here, at the highest point east of the Mississippi River, and gaze outward, your perspective will change.
(Our State Magazine, 10/1/2013)
The bats living in the caves under Humpback Mountain scare some people, but not Sarah Davis. She owns the darkness and has come to terms with what's in it.
Profiles  
(SBNation.com, 12/17/2014)
A helmet-to-helmet hit took the life of a 22-year-old football player. Two years later, friends and family keep his memory alive, one story at a time.
(Charlotte Magazine, 2/1/2014)
You may not know him, but you've probably heard his voice. Follow Charlotte's favorite street performer as he reels in his audience, one passerby at a time
(Sporting News, 7/14/2011)
Arian Foster is a commencement speech come to life, a walking, talking, living, breathing, rhyme-dropping, Shakespeare-quoting, yoga-practicing, linebacker-outrunning testament to the idea that hard work fueled by dedication can turn dreams into reality.
(Sporting News, 5/9/2011)
Robinson Cano has established himself as one of baseball's best players, and he's on his way to becoming one of the game's all-time greats. Wherever his career takes him, he'll arrive with a smile on his face.
NFL and concussions  
(Charlotte Magazine, 7/1/2014)
Joe DeLamielleure spent a good chunk of the last decade wondering if he was going crazy. Depression gripped him suddenly. Then it would let go just as quickly. His keys disappeared for hours because he couldn't remember where he put them. Worst of all, he couldn't sleep at night.
(Sporting News, 8/22/2012)
They are falling apart physically and mentally because of their football careers. Yet 96 of the 125 players would play again, and many say so enthusiastically. "Absofrickinlutely!" wrote one. "Hell yes!!!!" wrote another.
(Sporting News, 8/21/2012)
If fear can be called a symptom, it's the most prevalent problem former players face due to concussions, a Sporting News survey of 125 former players found. Eighty-five of them (68 percent) said they are afraid they will degrade mentally-or that they have already started to.
(Sporting News, 8/20/2012)
A Sporting News survey of 125 former NFL players found far more players suffered far more concussions than previously has been reported. The consequences are far-reaching for the players and their families.
(Sporting News, 6/25/2007)
What good is glory if you can't remember it? In an investigation published long before concussions became an every day story, I uncovered sobering problems facing former NFL players.
Contact Info
  Matt Crossman
Charlotte, NC 
USA

E-Mail: mcrossman98@gmail.com
Website: http://mattcrossman.com