Meet the Sports Out West Team

Michael C. Jones is the managing editor and founder of Sports Out West and a Southern California-based sports journalist. His credits include Yahoo Sports and Bleacher Report, among others.

Bob Garcia is a sports journalist from Southern California. He was a reporter for the award-winning newspaper, The Daily Sundial, at California State University, Northridge. You can follow him on Twitter, <a href="">@BGarcia90</a>.

A Public Relations pro by day, by night @RayHartjen follows parallel - yet somehow still often conflicting - paths searching for hair metal guitar legend status, a career as a journeyman 4th line center in the NHL, and the treasured laminates to be a hanger-on in the circus that is Formula 1.

Al Sacco is sports expert who knows football, baseball, basketball and hockey. He has spent his time as a sports journalist covering the San Francisco 49ers as a contributor to and He's been a guest on numerous podcasts and has had his work used on ESPN NFL Insiders and USA TODAY.

Keenan Actkins is an Arizona resident living in the Phoenix metropolitan area. He brings a wealth of sports knowledge and passion to the team with his unique insight and strong voice and opinion. He also contributes to Yahoo! Voices and has written for

Nathaniel Reeves is a journalism student at the University of Washington, currently covering sports for The UW Daily in addition to Sports Out West. He has been closely following Seattle sports his entire life.

Maxim Garshman is a Bay Area native who now calls San Diego home. He has an expert voice on all things NHL and NFL, and currently works as the Chargers beat writer for Sports Out West.

Austin Chang is the Associate Editor of Sports Out West and a San Francisco Bay Area-based sports journalist. His work can also be found on Yahoo! Sports and RamsTalk. Follow him on Twitter <a href="">@_austinchang</a>.

Rob hails from Southern California and has an MBA and a healthy thirst for analytics. He possesses an undying passion for West Coast sports and is the resident guru on all things MLB. Follow him on Twitter <a href="">@Robek24</a>.

Timothy Lee is a sports and video game journalist born and raised in Southern California. He is great at finding the important detail in the mundane and ordinary. He has published articles for Riot Games,,,, and SBNation.

Rohit is an L.A.-based sports journalist who contributes to SB Nation's Silver Screen and Roll, AccuScore, and the Taxi Squad Show based out of Utah. He also runs his own sports blog, Metta Chronicles. Follow him on Twitter <a>@RohitGhosh</a> where he discusses AccuScore projection data, a variety of sports-related topics, and even some Jazz music.

Rui Thomas is an NFL and NBA aficionado whose credits include Yahoo! Sports, FanNation, GoldenGateSports and He also owns the Rui sympathizes with every West Coast team.

John Zielonka has covered the Seattle Sounders FC, Seattle Seahawks and University of Washington men's basketball and football. He's written for Yahoo! Sports, 710 ESPN Seattle, and is a member of the North American Soccer Reporters.

Ben Hernandez Jr. is a Los Angeles native who is unable to eliminate his fixation for sports, particularly the NBA. He currently works as a writer/editor for a business school and has written for various publications on topics, such as finance, politics, and health. Sports-wise, he has covered the LA Lakers and Clippers on Ben is also a member of the U.S. Basketball Writers Association.

Kapil Kashyap is a Bay Area native and an expert on all things NBA. For more insight, be sure to follow him on Twitter.

Olivia Hops is a San Diego journalist, reporter, and producer who brings a fresh perceptive to the world of sports. Olivia has worked with U-T San Diego, U-T TV, Sports Illustrated, and other print and online publications. She is an absolute football junky, and her true passion lies with the NFL.

A San Francisco Bay Area native, Dave Tobener has followed the Giants for all of his life and written about them for the past decade. His work has previously appeared on sites such as Yahoo Sports, Yahoo Sports' Big League Stew, and Fanball.

Daiki Sato is a senior at San Diego State University and also writes for Elite Football Network. He currently covers high school sports in San Diego and the San Diego State football program.

Derek Ciapala is an award-winning journalist who brings expertise and passion to West Coast sports. He has years of experience and has been published on many notable sites, such as Yahoo! Sports. Never afraid to explore a controversial issue, Derek’s insight and thought-provoking content consistently generate substantial buzz and plenty of of sound discussion.

Lorenzo Reyna hails from the California's Central Coast, but has a bevy of experience with covering some fast-rising athletes from all over the Golden State. He's a former sports editor for The Reedley Exponent newspaper. His other credits include and

Eldrick Bone was born and raised in Los Angeles and has devoted his professional life to revolve around sports. A journalism graduate of California State University, Northridge, Eldrick served as a sports writer, reporter and anchor for the school’s broadcast news program, Valley View News. He was previously the host of the sports radio show, In the Sports Booth on SkidRow studios.

A professional writer, Nadia Archuleta is a hockey expert. In addition to maintaining her own hockey blog, Hockeygrrls, she has contributed sports writing for numerous websites. From the hockey smile to the butterfly style -- she covers it all.

Pete D. Camarillo only loves sports and writing. He tried combining those passions with his degree in Journalism at CSUN. He's had work published on Fansided, Endzone Score and several print publications. Pete also did community relations with the L.A. Clippers during the 2014-15 season. Follow him on Twitter @petecertified.

Kunaal loves talking baseball. In his spare time, he is an active volunteer assisting in youth camps for some of the top athletes in the Bay Area.

Pressley Nietering is an up-and-coming writer. He will attend Clemson University. Follow him on Twitter @Pressme

Michael Lorenzo Porter is a sports fanatic who was born and raised all over Southern California. He brings a healthy knowledge of all things Lakers, Dodgers, L.A. Kings and Madden. His passion is only matched by his continuing quest for knowledge and thirst for stats concerning the vast world of sports.

Matthew Fitzgerald is a Las Vegas resident who is an expert on all things sports. Being from Las Vegas has given him the opportunity to develop a love for an assortment of teams that include the Seattle Seahawks and Los Angeles Dodgers, as well as his hometown UNLV Rebels.

Laramee Bishop is a sports journalist hailing from San Diego. She currently works as a producer and editor at NFL Network in Los Angeles. Her previous line of work includes: U-T San Diego, U-T TV, Quiksilver, and TransWorld Media.

Brianna Brooks is a freelance journalist from Washington state currently living in Louisville, Kentucky. She has written for Yahoo! Sports as well as, a blog site dedicated to Gonzaga University basketball. Although knowledgeable about many sports (college basketball, NFL, MLB, and horse racing) her true passion lies with the Gonzaga Bulldogs.

Trent Warren is a sports journalist working on his degree in journalism and minor in business at the University of Oregon. Originally from San Diego, he has contributed for the Chula Vista Star News covering local prep sports, San Diego State Aztec football and basketball, and the San Diego Chargers. When he's not covering sports, he's running NCAA Division I track and field for the Ducks.

Jonah Lee is a San Diego native residing in Orange County. He has written for FanSided and Yahoo! and is an expert on all things San Diego Chargers. His passion for writing isn’t limited to sports as his ultimate goal is to publish a book about his former military life.

David A. Shelmon was born and raised in the Metro Detroit area. Currently, he is an aspiring journalist who focuses primarily on sports. Basketball, in particular, is his specialty. He has written for the likes of, and SB Nation-affiliate Hustle Belt. He hopes to expand his writing experience by joining Sports Out West.

Shawn Matian is a licensed attorney and Sports Out West NBA insider who is plugged in to all things concerning the league. He is a Los Angeles native with familiarity of the professional sports landscape in the nation's second-largest media market.

Michael became a basketball writer for in 2012, and is the editor of Houston Rockets blog Space City Scoop. He was also an NBA contributor for Yahoo, and has been a basketball junkie since the illegal defense rule was still in effect.

Norm Hightower is a sports enthusiast and avid outdoorsman residing in the State of Oregon. He has a wealth of sports knowledge and experience when it comes to football, baseball, basketball and outdoor sports. He is a staff writer for and he also contributes to Yahoo! Voices.

Brent Champaco is an award-winning writer who has covered professional, college and high school athletics in the Northwest. He has worked for several newspapers, including The News Tribune in Tacoma, and was a Senior Local Editor at He lives just outside of Seattle with his wife and two daughters. Follow him on Twitter at @Champacoblog.

Kory carpenter is a 2014 graduate of the University of Kansas and has covered college and professional sports for over five years. He covered the Kansas men's basketball team through the 2012 Final Four and most recently covered the St. Louis cardinals for Yahoo! Sports

Steven Slivka is an award-winning journalist and an expert on all things Oakland Raiders, having covered the team for Bleacher Report and the Yahoo! Contributor Network. He is an NFL guru and willingly engages his readers.

Mark Carlisle writes about the Angels and produces a post-game Angels podcast at the Orange County Register. At Chapman University, he hosted a sports talk radio show and covered Chapman's baseball team for the school paper, The Panther, where -- in addition to sports coverage -- he held two editorial positions.

Acamea Deadwiler is a journalist with several years experience covering the NBA for Yahoo! Sports, SLAM Online and, among other publications. Follow Acamea on Twitter @AcameaLD

Kyle Kensing is the editor and founder of, and a member of the Football Writers Association of America. His credits include CBS Sports, and Yahoo! Sports, and is a columnist on the Rivals network. Follow him on Twitter @kensing45.

Elijah Abramson is a Bay Area-based sports journalist who founded and writes for Bases and Baskets. He has covered the MLB, NBA, and NFL on his own site, and HoopsVibe, as well as for Bleacher Report, as a featured columnist. Connect with him on Twitter @ElijahAbramson for more discussion and opinions.

Charlie Wooley is an NBA expert with several years of experience covering hoops. He resides in Southern California.

Sean Robinson has played competitive basketball in five different countries and for fun in a few more. He enjoys connecting with fans of the game through interesting stats or compelling stories.

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