Meet the new sports reporter
Buchinger joins New London, Clintonville staff
By Erik Buchinger
Hello to my new readers. My name is Erik Buchinger, and I have recently started my new job as a news and sports reporter for the Clintonville Tribune-Gazette and New London/Hortonville Press Star.
I am incredibly excited to begin my first full-time journalism position in the area I grew up in. Ever since middle school, this has been a career path I knew I was interested in following.
Now I will tell you a little bit about me and take you through the process of what got me to this position.
I was born and raised in Greenville with my parents Joe and Jayne along with younger siblings Adam and Lauren. As a kid, I was heavily involved with sports, and when it looked like I was not going to be the next Michael Jordan, I knew I needed to find a backup plan professionally.
During an episode of Everybody Loves Raymond, Ray Romano’s character mentioned his job was as a sports writer. I figured if I couldn’t make it to the NBA, MLB or NFL, the next best thing would be to write about those who could. I decided I wanted to be a sports writer.
I graduated in 2012 from Hortonville High School, where I got my start in journalism with our student newspaper The Bear Facts, covering sports and events around the school.
Following high school, I enrolled at UW Oshkosh and worked for The Advance-Titan campus newspaper in my final three years of college. I am excited to rejoin forces with my new coworker Scott Bellile, who I also worked with at the Advance-Titan. I graduated UWO in May 2016 as a Journalism major with an emphasis in writing/editing. I minored in Radio-TV-Film.
With the A-T, I covered a variety of UW-Oshkosh athletic teams, sports and events. My roles included sports writer, assistant sports editor, sports editor and social media manager.
Outside of the Advance-Titan, I worked for the Northwoods League the past two summers as the public relations intern with the Green Bay Bullfrogs, followed by a position working for the league as the media/public relations assistant.
I wrote for Wisconsin Badgers blogging websites iSportsWeb.com and BadgerOfHonor.com, and I also covered NCAA Division III athletics with D3baseball.com and D3football.com.
I look forward to increasing the sports coverage in the area as we have recently launched new Twitter pages @PressStarSports and @CTG_Sports. In addition, I am excited for the new challenge of bringing readers the news and informing the public of events in the area.
I know this is a good place to live with great people within surrounding communities, so I’m excited to get situated with my new job and will work hard to provide you with the best coverage possible. Thanks for reading.