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Evan Woodbery

Saints beat writer

New Orleans

Evan Woodbery

As New Orleans Saints beat writer for NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune, I'm responsible for comprehensive beat coverage in a 24-7, digitally oriented environment.

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Rumors, truth and Alonzo Horton's search for peace

Ten years ago, Horton was 18 years old, one of the top football prospects in Louisiana, a linebacker about to embark on his freshman season with the defending SEC champions. Then came Hurricane Katrina: The breached levees. The destruction of his home and neighborhood. And then the unthinkable news that his two younger brothers, Jerry and Delorean, were dead. Alonzo's first college game -- Sept. 3, 2005 -- was Jerry's eighth birthday. "I was supposed to be excited. All I could do that whole day was cry," Horton said. In the coming days, Horton would get more hugs than he could count. Coaches and chaplains offered spiritual guidance. People he didn't even know pitched in to help secure shelter for surviving members of his family. Horton tearfully recounted his loss to ESPN and other national media outlets. And then Horton got news that was just as sudden and even more shocking: Jerry and Delorean were alive and well.
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Tennessee football's 12 months of change, transition: Behind the scenes in Butch Jones' first year

This was a traditional "season wrap" written in narrative style using anecdotes, conversations and interviews accumulated throughout the course of the year. https://www.diigo.com/item/image/4h0xm/ujpb
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Butch Jones: Rooted in Saugatuck

We traveled to Butch Jones' hometown over the summer and produced a massive print and web project for the season preview. The link in this tab is the landing page for our content. Although there were several stories, the links below go to the main story... https://www.diigo.com/item/image/4h0xm/9qyu (part 1) https://www.diigo.com/item/image/4h0xm/r7s3 (part 2) https://www.diigo.com/item/image/4h0xm/v7r9 (part 3)
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Behind the scenes with Butch Jones and UT's coaches: A fly on the wall as Butch Jones tries to paint Tennessee orange

After two months of nonstop recruiting, Jones, his nine assistant coaches, UT athletic director Dave Hart and a handful of administrative staff members spent Thursday touring Tennessee, greeting fans at post-National Signing Day "celebrations" in Memphis, Nashville and Knoxville. The News Sentinel shadowed Jones and staff throughout the 15-hour journey, from the early morning takeoff to the evening finale at Neyland Stadium.
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On brink of career finale, UT swimmer Ed Walsh talks about remarkable journey from London to Knoxville

Like most elite swimmers, he possesses an insane work ethic. Unlike many of his American teammates who are products of suburban clubs, Walsh cultivated his talent by taking early morning metro rides — alone — from his home in south London to swim practice.
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Tennessee football in 2012: Derek Dooley is at a loss; Butch Jones focuses on future

A year-end wrap written in narrative form, tracing the demise of Derek Dooley to the hiring of Butch Jones. The year that started with so much optimism may offer lessons for the new staff as it tries to reverse one of the worst stretches in modern Tennessee football history.
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About

Evan Woodbery

I'm an experienced reporter who has spent 12 years on competitive, high-profile sports beat.

I'm comfortable with digital-first journalism, including writing for the Web, engaging readers on social media and producing video.

I have previously worked for the Knoxville News Sentinel AL.com (Birmingham News, Press-Register, Huntsville Times), The State newspaper (Columbia, S.C.) and the Anniston (Ala.) Star.

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Skills

  • Sports writing
  • News writing
  • Breaking news
  • Feature writing
  • Blogging
  • SEO
  • Videography
  • Web content management
  • Social media
  • Video editing
  • Investigative reporting
  • Reader engagement
  • Data journalism