Jody is a sports writer who covers the Utah Jazz for the Deseret News in Salt Lake City, Utah. (He’ll even try to convince you it’s a tough job!) Over the years, he’s also written about his fitness/health journey and triathlon exploits in his “Losing It!” column. He has been with the paper since 1994, writing about everything from Olympic hockey, a 90-year-old weight-lifting great-grandma and seeing the back of Britney Spears’ hat at the Sundance Film Festival.
Before continuing his life story, this blog isn’t going to be a Sports blog. It’ll be about Jody’s adventures (and misadventures) with weight loss, his family, traveling, food and anything else that he feels like writing about. He hopes to entertain, enlighten, engage and inspire everybody who stops for a visit, even if it’s just his mom who drops by. He also promises this is the only place where he’ll write in the third person.
OK, back to that life story …
Jody’s journalism career began at (where else?) McDonald’s in Taylorsville, Utah, where being the editor-in-chief of the McD Monthly was part of his assistant managerial duties. Since then, Jody’s turned down an opportunity to attend Hamburger University (really!), became Sports Editor and Sports Information Director at the Salt Lake Community College, landed a gig with the Deseret News, wrote a few thousand stories, won a few national and local awards his poor family still hears about – and completed an Ironman triathlon (yes, all 140.6 miles).
Jody is a proud father of four and husband of one (Heather). He speaks rusty French, spent a summer performing at the Musical Moose Playhouse in Yellowstone, was featured in Weight Watchers Magazine as a centerfold success story in 2009, has been interviewed on SportsCenter, and appeared in Sports Illustrated after soundly beating Batman in that infamous Ironman race.