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Bryan Bloodworth

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Writing for or working with the media has pretty much been Bryan's life since he arrived at Illinois State in 1974.

Bryan began his career as a sports writer at the student newspaper, The Vidette, during his freshman year before moving to a full-time sports writing position at The Pantagraph his junior year.

He spent 30 years there - the first 16 as a writer and the final 14 as the sports editor. Bryan won awards for his coverage of automobile racing; the coverage of Illinois State basketball and football; and his weekly column Lefty's Corner.

After leaving The Pantagraph, he was the public relations director for the U.S. Cellular Coliseum in Bloomington, the PrairieThunder ice hockey and the Extreme football team. Bryan also worked for the Arizona Sundogs ice hockey team in Prescott Valley, Ariz., as vice president of marketing.

He has worked the last five years as a freelance writer and website editor for WJBC radio in Bloomington.

Bryan co-authored the book "100 Years of Redbirds Basketball" and has three grown children. He and his wife, Linda, reside in Bloomington.

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