Pewter Report announces staff changes for the 2011 season, including the hiring of two Bucs beat reporters that will be joining our contributing writers, and the departure of editor-in-chief Charlie Campbell, who will be leaving to focus on the NFL Draft for WalterFootball.com.
As the Tampa Bay Buccaneers work to configure their roster for the upcoming season, PewterReport.com is doing the same and will have some personnel changes for 2011. Front and center is the departure of editor-in-chief Charlie Campbell, who is leaving PewterReport.com to take a position as a senior draft analyst for WalterFootball.com, a Pewter Report ally.
Campbell, who has worked for Pewter Report for the past three years, the last of which as the organization’s editor-in-chief, will be leaving to cover the NFL Draft for WalterFootball.com at the conclusion of Bucs training camp.
“While I’m sad to lose such a gifted senior Bucs beat writer in Charlie, I know that covering the NFL Draft is something that he has been extremely passionate about,” said Pewter Report publisher Scott Reynolds, who enters his 16th season covering the Buccaneers. “Charlie has quickly grown into an ace NFL reporter and he will be missed. The opportunity at WalterFootball.com is really in line with Charlie’s passion, and now he will get the chance to cover the draft on a full-time basis rather than a part-time basis as he did with PewterReport.com. I know his Bucs draft analysis for PewterReport.com was instrumental over the years in us accurately forecasting the likes of the team selecting wide receivers Arrelious Benn and Mike Williams, safety Ahmad Black and others.”
Campbell’s love of NFL Draft coverage was evident in his Pewter Prospect profiles and his signature PI Quick Hits column, which he created.
“As a good friend of Charlie’s, I am extremely excited for him about this opportunity, and our paths will undoubtedly cross as we collaborate on Bucs draft coverage in the offseason. On behalf of the entire staff at Pewter Report, we wish Charlie well and thank him for his wonderful contributions to our company over the past three years as an important member of our organization.”
“I’m extremely grateful for the opportunity to work at Pewter Report the past three years,” said Campbell. “I have greatly enjoyed interacting with and writing for Pewter Report’s subscribers. I’m also very fortunate to have formed such great friendships that I have with staff members like Scott Reynolds, Jim Flynn and Kim Roper. I will always be grateful to Hugh MacArthur and Pewter Report for the opportunity to cover the Buccaneers. I’m very fortunate and excited to have the opportunity to work at Walter Football, and I look forward to staying in touch with the PR team and PR subscribers.”
Replacing Campbell as Pewter Report’s regular Bucs beat writer is Mark Cook, a freelance sportswriter, a former Pewter Report subscriber and someone who has followed the Buccaneers since 1976. Cook, who began writing for PewterReport.com during this year’s training camp, has worked with Reynolds on game days back in the Buccaneer Magazine days in the mid-1990s and is ready to work as a day-to-day reporter covering the Bucs.
“We have had great success in ‘hiring from within’ with regards to tapping into our own subscriber base for people that had an appreciation for the type of inside scoop we generate and the necessary skill set to work for Pewter Report, evidenced by the excellent work from Jim Flynn and Charlie Campbell over the past decade,” Reynolds said. “Mark has already been working hard at training camp, getting to know the coaches and players and develop his sources to give our Pewter Report readers and subscribers what they have come to expect from our coverage over the years. I think our readers will enjoy Mark’s Bucs coverage for years to come.”
Cook, who has worked in sports radio on air and behind the scenes, coached six years of high school football in Hillsborough County and is thrilled to be a part of the Pewter Report staff.
“Joining PewterReport.com is a great opportunity for me personally and professionally,” Cook said. “I have missed the game day atmosphere and the rush of getting breaking news out to the public. Growing up in the area, I have followed the Buccaneers since the days of Lee Roy Selmon and Rickey Bell. I look forward to giving my personal insight and perspective of the Buccaneers to the fans.
“PewterReport.com has been a place I would personally go to first when I needed Buccaneers news and now I feel very fortunate to be part of an incredible team.”
Pewter Report will also have Eric Horchy and Andrew Scavelli serve as contributing writers during football season with Eric Dellaratta contributing with draft coverage during the season and the offseason. Horchy, who will be a regular fixture at One Buccaneer Place and Raymond James Stadium during football season, has extensive experience covering high school football for the Tampa Tribune and has been a lifelong NFL fan.
Victoria Horchak will be Pewter Report’s intern for the 2011 season and will assist in editorial coverage as well at One Buccaneer Place.
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