In life, having supportive people around a person usually tends to be of benefit to one’s development going forward. It certainly has for me.
My name is Ben Spicer. I will be working as a sports reporter for the Daily Times. I have many local ties — I was born in Ashland, Ky. and attended Greenup County Schools for most of my life. Upon graduating from Estill County High School in 2012, I went to Shawnee State University for two years before transferring to the University of Louisville. This May, I graduated from U of L with a bachelor’s of science degree in communication.
My parents and family have made a huge impact on my life. Both of my parents worked in radio, and my mom eventually went on to write for the Greenup County News-Times. It was my mom who encouraged me to pursue writing, even when I was young and thought I was going to make it to the NBA. Both of my parents have motivated me and supported so much along my journey, and I am so grateful for everything they have done for me.
My grandpa also helped shape me into the person I am today. I blame him for fueling my obsession with college football. We have and still spend many Saturday afternoons together watching games, and I always enjoy listening to him talk about all of his memories of past games and players.
Recently, I met my girlfriend McKenna who has also inspired me. She is a nursing student at Shawnee State, and is always uplifting and there for me when I need her. She has been a great girlfriend and friend to me, and I look forward to our future together.
Besides my obvious love for sports, some of my other hobbies include listening to music and hanging out with friends. I also like to travel and see new places. On occasion, I enjoy playing video games, and am a firm believer that I am unbeatable at NCAA Football 14.
Prior to joining the Daily Times, I worked as a part-time supervisor at United Parcel Service (UPS) in Louisville, Ky. I also served as a sports intern for WLKY-TV in Louisville, and worked for the university’s student newspaper, The Louisville Cardinal.
In addition to writing for the Daily Times, I am also a sports broadcaster for WNXT Radio here in Portsmouth. You can listen to me online and on the air this fall, doing play-by-play for local football and basketball games.
I look forward to getting to cover the many talented athletes and coaches of our area. Scioto County and the surrounding Tri-State Area has many great teams, and many great stories along with them. I am thrilled to be a part of the Daily Times sports team, and hope you are just excited as I am to read about the schools and kids that make our area great.