I’m excited to be introduced as the newest beat writer for West Virginia football, though I’m hoping some of you already know me.
For those of you that don’t, please allow me to introduce myself as a man of wealth and taste. My name is Logan Carney and I am a 2020 graduate of Robert Morris University. I have a bachelor’s degree with a major in communications with a focus in sports communications and a minor in sport management.
In college, I was editor-in-chief of RMU Sentry Media and helped launch the Colonial Sports Network. I’m passionate about student journalism and will be helping my alma mater Plum High School launch a student news outlet in the fall.
I have been with the Sports Now team for a few years now, having started by covering Robert Morris football in 2020. It was an unpaid role, but a phenomenal opportunity for me as finding a sports job when there were no sports as I graduated in the midst of a pandemic was, quite literally, impossible.
Around February of this past year, I started writing as a general news reporter for the Sports Now Network but mainly Steelers Now. In a few months, I progressed to being a recruiting insider/analyst for WVU and PSU to this new role that I’m excited to tackle.
Outside of Sports Now, I also cover local news for the Pittsburgh Tribune Review as a freelancer and I self-published a novel titled Our Seats in Left Field which is a fictional story about a fan’s experience based around the Pittsburgh Pirates 2013 season. The book mainly deals with grief, depression and how the Pirates helped the main character overcome those obstacles.
In addition to the novel, I ran my own website during the pandemic called Carnival News that is no longer online. That website was essentially a blog, but I was able to tell some incredible stories about local heroes as well as being credentialed to cover the Pittsburgh Riverhounds through it. Speaking of the Hounds, I covered them for three different outlets, two of which are now defunct, over the span of five years.
Personally, I come from a big family and I love all of them. On the immediate side I have two stepsisters, two brothers, a father and a step-mother, all who mean the world to me. I’m proud to say that my mother is my hero. My mom passed away when I was in high school from carcinoid cancer, a cancer she battled essentially my entire childhood. Her fight remains my inspiration for everything that I do.
To get even more personal, I have suffered from depression and anxiety after the loss of my mom. I’m very passionate about helping others battle these, as my mom would say, “cancers.” It’s the most important social cause to me.
Now, if you aren’t like my older brother who has me blocked for what he deems as awful takes, then you can follow me on Twitter. In addition to what was previously mentioned, you can usually find me tweeting about movies or tv shows. Besides all of that, I’m really into roller coasters and amusement parks. I also volunteer weekly at an animal shelter and absolutely love dogs, especially beagles.
If you’re looking for a dog, feel free to reach out and I’ll send you pics of what I’m walking that week.
I enjoy talking with people, especially when they disagree completely with what I’m saying. So please feel free to respond to anything I say on Twitter. Don’t worry, I try to avoid tweeting about politics, so you can avoid those toxic discussions.
Some more fun facts: I’m an ordained minister through one of those $20 websites, but I have legally officiated a wedding. I have been skydiving and plan to make it a hobby, but the pandemic 30 has made me too fat to jump out of an airplane, so I’m currently on yet another diet. I also once suffered sleep deprivation from watching every single James Bond movie in a single weekend, sadly that remains as one of the best weekends of my life.
I think that’s about it. I strongly believe that you should know who covers your favorite teams on a personal level and I hope that this helps you know who I am.
I’m beyond excited to tackle this new role. I’ve always preferred college football to professional. And this year will open a lot of great places to cover. A game at Milan Puskar Stadium has been on my bucket list, not to mention the backyard brawl and getting to witness Enter Sandman in person. Maybe even a trip to visit my step sister in Texas is in the cards. I’m just beyond excited to see where we can take our WVU coverage from here.