Meet the Sports Out West Team

 Meet the folks bringing the noise to Sports Out West


Michael C. Jones

Managing Editor, Founder

Twitter:      @mikejonestweets

Michael C. Jones is a Southern California-based Sports journalist and editor. He has written for many notable platforms, both online and in print. These include Southern California’s Press-Enterprise, Yahoo Sports, SB Nation and, among others. He brings knowledge and passion for sports up and down the West Coast. 

Staff Writers

Keenan Actkins

Twitter:      @bigdaddiek6

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

Laramee Bishop

Laramee Bishop has lived in San Diego for over 20 years. She has worked with U-T San Diego as a multimedia sports producer and editor for TV, print, and web. Her previous work also includes writing for Quiksilver and TransWorld Media. 

Derek Ciapala

Twitter:     @dciapala

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.  

Rob Ekberg

Twitter:     @Robek24

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.  

Bob Garcia

Twitter:      @BGarcia90

Bob Garcia is a journalist  from Southern California. Previously, he was a sports reporter for the award-winning newspaper, The Daily Sundial, at California State University, Northridge. He is active on Twitter and has a strong passion for Southern California sports.

Maxim Garshman

Twitter:     @MaximGarshman

Maxim Garshman was born and raised in the Bay Area. He is one of the most passionate experts on Bay Area Sports you’ll find and  brings great experience and knowledge of all things Bay Area  into his sports writing. 

Rohit Ghosh

Twitter:      @RohitGhosh

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.

Olivia Hops

Twitter:     @OliviaHops13

Olivia Hops is a San Diego-based 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 a football junkie whose true passion lies with the NFL.

Kapil Kashyap

Twitter:     @KapKashyap

Kapil Kashyap is an NBA guru and expert on all sports Bay Area. He brings a unique writing style to the table and isn’t afraid to take a stance in his writing. His credits include UC Berkeley’s Daily Cal. 

Timothy Lee

Twitter:      @SHBL_Tim

Timothy Lee is a sports and video game freelance journalist born and raised in Southern California. He has written for publications like the Daily Breeze, RotoAnalysis, SB Nation, and You can find him tweeting or ranting about his Indiana Pacers most of the day. 

Al Sacco

Twitter:     @AlSacco49

Al Sacco is a passionate sports expert who knows football, baseball, basketball and hockey. He has spent his time as a sports journalist covering the 49ers as a staff writer for and He is also a contributor to Yahoo! Voices.

Nathaniel Reeves

Twitter:     @njr3701

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.

Rui Thomas

Twitter:     @MrRuiThomas

Rui Thomas loves the NFL nearly as much as his mom and he thinks the NBA is amazing as well. He is published by Yahoo! Sports, FanNation, GoldenGateSports and and owns the Rui grew up an obsessive fan of the Sacramento Kings and Oakland Raiders, but he sympathizes with every West Coast team.

Trent Warren 

Twitter:     @Trickyt2Fast4U

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.


Eldrick Bone

Twitter:         @EldrickBone

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.