Dale Grdnic

Freelance Editor & Copywriter

Location:Conway, Pennsylvania, United States
2 Skills
Dale Grdnic
1300 Farragut Street • Conway, PA 15027 • (Home) (724) 869-2454
(Cell) (412) 956-6712 • (E-mail) dalegrd@aol.com

• Effectively manages multiple assignments under deadline pressure
• Experience covering sports at all amateur and professional levels
• News reporting from local to state government
• Media Relations work in sports information department at Penn State
• Time spent in public information department at Penn State
• Broadcast news and sports writing, on-air announcing and commentary

Freelance Writer (June, 1994 to present)
I wrote the book: Pittsburgh Steelers Glory Days, published in October, 2007. I also write for newspapers, magazines and websites nationwide and have run www.pantherdigest.com for the Scout.com network. It covers recruiting, football and basketball for the University of Pittsburgh.

Other responsibilities include beat coverage for the Pittsburgh Steelers for www.insidepittsburghsports.com, and the University of Pittsburgh. Write preview and game stories, features and columns from training camp through the season and the NFL Draft.
• Wrote book Pittsburgh Steelers Glory Days; Published Fall, 2007
• Covered Steelers 2005, 2008 and 2010 Super Bowl runs
• Covered seven AFC championships and a college bowl game
• Traveled with the Penguins throughout 10 NHL Stanley Cup playoffs
• Member Professional Hockey Writers' Association (PHWA), Pittsburgh (Penguins) Chapter, 1995 to present
• Member Professional Football Writers' Association (PFWA), Pittsburgh (Steelers) Chapter, 1997 to present

Advertising and Marketing Director, Staff Writer
Blue White Illustrated, State College, PA (May, 1992 – May, 1994)

Followed all 29 Penn State athletic teams with game coverage and features. Sold and designed advertisements, handled newsstand circulation and helped edit the biweekly magazine.
• Advertising sales increased nearly 40 percent
• Circulation showed steady improvement
• Covered Penn State in NCAA, Conference events and bowl games
Sports Editor
The Keystone Gazette, Bellefonte, PA (July, 1991 to April, 1992)

Edited copy and wrote stories for the weekly newspaper. Covered Penn State and high school athletics and directed a small part-time staff.
• Keystone Press Award, first place for sports feature story from the Pennsylvania Newspaper Publishers' Association (PNPA) and Pennsylvania Society of Newspaper Editors in 1992

Sports Writer
Centre Daily Times, State College, PA (July, 1984 to June, 1991)

Wrote game stories and features on Penn State and high school sports, covered general assignments, handled incoming calls and edited copy on the sports desk for the daily newspaper
• Covered Penn State and area high schools in various league and state championship events and playoff games
• Associated Press Sports Editors (APSE) of America, fifth place for enterprise reporting (sports series) in 1989
• Helped provide initial information and extensive coverage when Penn State joined the Big Ten Conference

Sports Information Assistant
Penn State University, University Park, PA (May, 1985 to June, 1988)

Primary contact for women's basketball program. Handled media relations at home and on the road, designed game notes, created media guides and wrote news releases.

Staff Announcer
WMBA Radio, Ambridge, PA (June, 1981 to June, 1984)

Sports Intern
KQV NewsRadio, Pittsburgh, PA (Sept., 1981 to Jan., 1982)

• Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA, master's in Journalism and Public Relations, class work completed in 1986
• Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA, bachelor's degree in Speech Communications, Broadcasting option, graduated in 1981
• Freedom Area High School, Freedom, PA, graduated in 1977

E.J. Borghetti
Senior Associate Athletic Director for Media Relations
The University of Pittsburgh
P.O. Box 7436
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
(412) 648-8243

Mark Brennan
Publisher and Editor
State College, PA 16801
(814) 234-0428

Jim Carlson
Assistant Sports Editor
The Patriot-News
P.O. Box 2265
Harrisburg, PA 17105
(800) 692-7207, Ext. 8460

Randy Cosgrove
Ambridge High School Athletic Director
909 Duss Avenue
Ambridge, PA 15003
(724) 266-2833
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