As PewterReport.com enters our 25th season of Buccaneers coverage, we have spent the last week introducing our readers to the staff. Today, in this final introduction, we offer the true backbone of the company – the support staff.
“While they rarely get the pats on the back they deserve, without them there is no way PewterReport.com could function in the way we currently do, and in the improvements we plan to bring this season,” publisher Scott Reynolds said. “While Mark (Cook) and myself tend to be on the front lines and get the most attention, the staff you don’t see as often or as prominently, is just as valuable – or maybe even more so – than we are in keeping things running smoothly.”Kim Roper
In her seventh year with the company, Kim Roper is the behind-the-scenes face of Pewter Report. As subscriptions manager, she is the point of contact many subscribers have spoken with about their subscription. Roper also serves as Pewter Report's vice president of business operations, and handles the company’s financials, marketing and human resources.
Growing up in the suburbs of Chicago, Roper moved to Florida when she was 12 years old. Although Reynolds jokingly teases her about being a Chicago Bears fan, she is an avid supporter of the Bucs, the Tampa Bay Rays and the USF Bulls. Both she and her husband, Scott, are alumni of the University of South Florida and enjoy going to all the Bulls home football games as well as 1-2 away trips per season. In fact, the Roper’s wedding fell on the day of USF’s historic win at West Virginia in 2006 and the photographer said that she was the only bride he’s ever waited on while she finished watching a football game!
“Kim is so essential to what we do on a daily basis,” Reynolds said. “She takes care of the business end which frees us up to concentrate on so many other things. Kim wears many hats, from subscription services, to scheduling appointments, payroll and on and on. Everyday can bring a new challenge and Kim is always up for it.”
Outside of sports, Roper enjoys scuba diving, cooking and spending time with her husband and two dogs - Jakobi (Rhodesian Ridgeback) and Makayla (Chihuahua).Eric Dellaratta
Dellaratta started contributing to PewterReport.com as an intern during the 2009 season, and is now a contributing writer that focuses on the NFL Draft.
“I truly love the NFL Draft,” Dellaratta said. “I have a passion for finding both good and bad traits in football players. I love watching and sometimes re-watching games to try to find special players.”
“I had the chance to spend a week with both Eric and Andrew (Scavelli) in Mobile for the Senior Bowl and they show no fear,” editor-in-chief Mark Cook said. “Whether it was jumping in an interview session next to Mike Mayock, or tracking down a scout to ask about a player, both these guys are serious about their jobs.
“Eric has also done a terrific job on our draft coverage. His vast knowledge at such a young age really blows me away. When I have a draft question when I am writing a piece, I’ll give Eric a shout and bounce my ideas off of him.”
In his first year as a draft analyst for Pewter Report, Dellaratta featured both Lavonte David and Doug Martin as Pewter Prospects in the December issue of Pewter Report’s digital magazine.
“I owe a ton of thanks to Scott Reynolds and Charlie Campbell,” Dellaratta said. “They have taught me so much as far as scouting is concerned. I’m trying to soak up as much knowledge as possible from their experiences.”
Dellaratta has covered and scouted the Senior Bowl for three consecutive years. He was able to see players such as Von Miller, Doug Martin, and Ryan Kerrigan up close.
“I look forward to the upcoming NFL season and studying the 2013 draft.”
Dellaratta graduated from Palm Harbor University High School in 2010, and is now studying at Florida Gulf Coast University.
In addition to his contributions to PewterReport.com, Dellaratta is also an aspiring music producer and enjoys fishing.
You can follow Eric on Twitter @EricDellarattaAndrew Scavelli
Scavelli first joined PewterReport.com in 2009 as an intern and mainly focused on covering player radio shows during the season. Throughout his four years with Pewter Report, Scavelli has grown into covering a wide range of areas in the world of football including practices, game day, free agency, the draft and fantasy football.
“In my first few years with Pewter Report, I was very fortunate to be able to learn from Jim Flynn and Charlie Campbell,” Scavelli said. “They both brought me under their wing and are great mentors to me.”
Scavelli has been around football ever since he was a young child, traveling to Tampa Bay Buccaneers training camp practices in Orlando and attending home games with his family. Over the years he continued to develop that passion while working with the Bucs and USF Bulls and now covering the team with Pewter Report as a contributing writer.
“I have had many great experiences in my time with PewterReport.com such as traveling to Mobile, Alabama for three straight years to help scout prospects at the Senior Bowl, working with the incredibly talented reporters that have made up our staff over the years and helping to break Bucs news for our subscribers and giving them the Bucs analysis and scoop that they crave.”
The area of football that Scavelli enjoys covering the most is free agency and every March he builds a free agency tracker for the website. Scavelli is also passionate about fantasy football and will be providing his insights and analysis to that part of football in the fall.
“Andrew is exceptional in his knowledge of free agency,” Cook said. “His hard work year-round – particularly from January through the draft – is invaluable. When I came aboard last season it was Andrew that I leaned heavily on. He knows the ins-and-outs of PewterReport as well as anybody. Andrew also has tons of great ideas. He and Eric are constantly brainstorming about how we can make PewterReport better.”
Recently Scavelli has been focusing on the behind-the-scenes aspects of the website, looking for ways to improve the site and creating podcasts for the Pewter Report Radio Show.
“I look forward to continue helping out in any way that I can and making PewterReport.com the best place to go for Bucs news and analysis,” Scavelli said. “I’ve watched this website change and grow over the years and with the strong supporting cast that we have now with the additions of Dory and Haley and great leaders in Scott and Mark, I think it’s an exciting time for Pewter Report.”
Scavelli is attending the University of South Florida after graduating from Palm Harbor University High School in 2010. Aside from his work with Pewter Report, Scavelli enjoys watching and studying movies and playing outdoor sports.Victoria Horchak
Born in Tampa in 1985, Horchak is the youngest of three. Although she has two older brothers, she’s the one who loves sports in the family and as a child was always the one to remind her dad if a game was on TV. Even today her dad comes to her to find out news in sports or what games are going to be televised.
“As a teenager I would always skip the news, but tune into the local sports to catch up on my sports teams,” Horchak said. “I would also see women reporters on TV and that is what started my wanting to be a woman in sports."
"Victoria was essential last season and was a quick learner," Reynolds said. "She soaked up anything we told her and her improvement was evident as the season went on. We feel very fortunate to have her on our team."
“I planned on graduating with a degree in Physical Education, but ended up changing it halfway through college and in 2010 graduated from USF with a degree in Communications,” Horchak said. “I have not once second-guessed that decision. My dream job has always been to be a sports writer and in the summer of 2011 that dream became a reality when I became an intern for Pewter Report.”Haley Cornish
Haley Cornish, is a sophomore at St. Petersburg College double-majoring in Psychology and Journalism. Cornish plans on transferring to a Florida University after this year to complete her bachelors degree and continue on to get a Ph.D. in sports psychology.
“Sports psychology is my dream, because it combines my two passions in life,” Cornish said. “My family has owned season tickets for the Tampa Bay Bucs for as long as I can remember. I have attended just about every home game since the age of five, and I have watched every away game. The Buccaneers have always been a huge part of my life, and always will be.”Lauren Levine
Lauren LeVine serves as Marketing Intern for PewterReport.com. A lifelong Bucs fan, Lauren graduated Magna Cum Laude from Florida State University this April. She works with Pewter Report on strategic marketing and events, as well as heading Pewter Report's new internship programs in sports journalism and media marketing. Lauren can be reached at LLeVine @PewterReport.com.
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