A five-time winner as Oklahoma Sportswriter of the Year, John’s past profession serves him well in his vocation as a Realtor. An extensive journalism background provides John with prolific interview skills that are an invaluable asset to better procure a client’s interests, needs and desires throughout the extensive Real Estate process.
John’s name recognition and statewide popularity in the sports world frequently serve as a relaxing icebreaker while cultivating working relationships with new clients.
Conducting thousands of interviews since the late 1970s has equipped John with expansive people skills, which are beneficial while trying to corral the multitude of personalities involved with Real Estate. This has created many long-lasting friendships as a writer and several repeat clients as a Realtor. These lifelong experiences also have provided a far-reaching network of contacts, acquaintances and working relationships, plus a true appreciation for teamwork among co-workers.
John spent 26-plus years as a sports columnist and beat writer at The Oklahoman and doubled as a sports talk radio host and guest for nearly 20 years. He has authored books on Hall of Famers Mickey Mantle and Bill Self, both Oklahoma natives, and has won multiple writing awards nationally, regionally and locally. His many assignments have included covering all OU and OSU sports, the Oklahoma City Thunder, Dallas Cowboys, Texas Rangers, multiple NCAA championships, plus professional golf, including the Masters, U.S. Open, PGA Championship and various PGA Tour events. He remains a contributing writer for the OU athletic website (soonersports.com) and Golf Oklahoma Magazine.
Away from the sports world, John proposed to his wife, Debbie, in a 1990 newspaper column. Luckily for him, she accepted, and they have been married ever since.
Born in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., and raised in Boulder, Colo., John attended the University of Arizona, graduating with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and a minor in radio/TV. He arrived in Oklahoma City in 1987 and moved to Edmond in 2006. John and Debbie have a son, Nicklaus (named in honor of Jack Nicklaus, of course).
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