Michael Humphrey always wanted to have a career that allowed him to enjoy sports. When the announcement came that Neuse News Sports needed a sports editor, Humphrey’s wife, Ashley shared it with him.
“I said I’m not going to get this job I don’t know why you’re sending this to me,” quipped Humphrey. “I did write a little in college and I am a sports guy. This is my dream job. My absolute dream job.”
Neuse News Sports, a new division of the four-year-old digital news outlet Neuse News, is Neuse News Sports.
“We’re excited to bring forth our free, hyper-local model to the sports community with the support of our school administrators, business leaders, and more,”BJ Murphy, Neuse News Publisher
Humphrey is a strong community ally and has a deep passion for local sports. Alice Cunningham Humphrey, Humphrey’s mother, worked for the school system for more than 30 years. His brother Chris Humphrey is a member of NC House of Representatives. Both brothers were active in sports growing up, both for school and the Kinston-Lenoir County Recreation Department.
“Michael was raised here. He is a product of our schools. He’s passionate about sports,”Murphy. “And Michael is someone our coaches and athletes can trust to tell their stories fairly and accurately.”
Neuse News Sports grew out of a growing demand for coverage across all three counties.
“We surveyed athletic directors and coaches over the summer and believe we’re filling a gap in sports news coverage,” said Murphy. “Our locally-owned, community-based and long-term approach will share the encouraging stories of our student-athletes beneficial to all our local athletic programs.”
With an unquestionable work ethic, Humphrey hopes to have a positive impact by highlighting local athletic programs.
“I’m here to promote our student athletes and coaches in Lenoir, Greene, and Jones counties to get them the publicity they deserve and be fair to all the schools,”Humphrey.
Neuse News Sports is launching this month. They will be covering Lenoir, Greene and Jones counties. Their goal is to provide balanced coverage for all three counties’ middle and high schools. There are 17 schools, 17 teams and hundreds of athletes. Neuse News Sports also will cover Lenoir Community College, and the Down East Wood Ducks.
Humphrey has two children and is familiar with the needs of local sport. He was a coach for seven years in recreation basketball, and he also helped to coach baseball.
“I want to highlight players who deserve highlighting,”Humphrey. “Parents and families that have sacrificed for their son or daughters deserve recognition as well. Teachers and coaches need a spotlight and well-deserved accolades.”
Neuse News Sports Editor Michael Humphrey can be reached [email protected]
“We’re excited about Neuse News Sports and we’re grateful one of our own will lead these efforts,” said Murphy.