Veteran Nashville sports reporter Scott Wallace has been named Sports Editor of The Tennessee Star.
Tennessee Star CEO and Editor-in-chief Michael Patrick Leahy praised Wallace for his credentials in sports journalism and his commitment to covering local high school and college athletes.
“We are thrilled to announce that Scott Wallace has accepted our offer to serve as Sports Editor of The Tennessee Star. Since our launch almost two years ago in February 2016, we’ve been looking for the right person to fill this important position for us. Scott is the right man at the right time,” Leahy said.
“Our team at The Tennessee Star has followed Scott’s career in local sports journalism for some time. We look forward to the in-depth coverage and inside details of the sports scene here in Tennessee Scott will be providing our readers,” he added.
Wallace tweeted the news Tuesday, saying, “New year new opportunity Blessed & honored 2 b named sports editor for @TheTNStar Another way 2 get local athletes recognized nationally Here is a link to my 1st story https://tennesseestar.com/2018/12/22/atlanta-suburb-honors-hometown-hero-injured-tennessee-state-football-player-christion-abercrombie/ … Thanks @GillReport and @michaelpleahy for the opportunity #ItsOn.”
New year new opportunity Blessed & honored 2 b named sports editor for @TheTNStar Another way 2 get local athletes recognized nationally Here is a link to my 1st story https://t.co/ERB2waM8AM Thanks @GillReport and @michaelpleahy for the opportunity #ItsOn pic.twitter.com/Rv4OTGySnb
— Scott Wallace (@scwallace615) January 1, 2019
Wallace has served in a variety of roles in covering Nashville sports. He has been a writer for The Tennessee Tribune and has hosted two sports internet radio shows in the past, including “Bench Press.” He worked in sports information for high schools in Nashville including Maplewood Comp High and East Nashville High. He worked in sports information at Fisk University and Tennessee State University. He also manages sales and marketing for The Fairgrounds in Nashville.
His “tagline” in covering spots is “being a voice for the voiceless,” meaning most high school sports teams, outside of elite programs, do not receive much media coverage in Nashville.
He organized an all-star basketball game in 2011 that resulted in 20 students receiving college scholarships since scouts were there, he said.
“Getting recognition for those that don’t normally receive recognition is my claim to fame,” Wallace said.
In his new role with The Star, Wallace said he will start off by covering Nashville and other Middle Tennessee area sports, then branch off to additional coverage opportunities.
He would like The Star to be the “go-to” place for high school coverage after games.
He said he likes training students to write game stats and stories to help them get into sports writing, something that can carry over to The Star.
“I want to be able to go into schools and train students,” he said. “I’m honored for the opportunity to do this for such a prestigious publication.”
His wife is Harriet Wallace, a reporter for Fox 17.
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Jason M. Reynolds has more than 20 years’ experience as a journalist at outlets of all sizes.