Blogger’s Bio — Bruce Deckert

So you’ve come to the page where I convey my career credentials and a brief life bio, aiming for a healthy confidence as well as a healthy humility. Yes, confidence and humility at the same time — apparently, one of life’s conundrums!

Thanks for visiting A Slow Life in the FAST Lane — hope you find your time here worthwhile…

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Summary of Journalism Career

ESPN.com — copy editor • talent-integration editor • news editor • college clubhouse editor

Journal Register Company — Sunday edition editor for The Herald Press • Page 1 editor for The Bristol Press • Wethersfield Post editor • and other roles

Award-Winner — Society of Professional Journalists:
writing award (op-ed) and design award (Page 1)

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Bruce William Deckert began his journalism career at The Post — but not the New York or Washington versions. He served as an editor at ESPN.com from December 1999 to December 2015.

He has won an op-ed writing award and a page design award from the Society of Professional Journalists.

Bruce has written a book, Serengeti Friendship: Soccer Forgiveness, that is aimed at young people of all ages. The book was chosen to be part of the World Cup Exhibition at the Nelson Mandela Foundation in South Africa.

Born in Newark, N.J., Bruce was raised in Bloomfield and Plainfield. His first news job was as a Star-Ledger paperboy. He graduated from Gordon College (Wenham, Mass.) and Plainfield High.

Growing up in New Jersey, he lived and died with the Yankees and Mets, among other devotions. As an adult — and still growing — he has tended to fall asleep at the end of late-night Yankee playoff games.

Bruce has spent his married life in Connecticut, and he and his wife (a vocal Red Sox fan) have a son and daughter (both Sox fans).

From age 5 through college, Bruce’s home church was Willow — not mega-Willow Creek in Illinois, but Willow Grove Presbyterian in Scotch Plains, N.J.

P.S. Hoop trivia: Bruce played pickup basketball with someone who coached LeBron James once. What is his name? If you want to make a guess in the comments, go for it. Or … welcome to the absurdity of a poll that asks if you’d like another poll:

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In addition to my editing work at ESPN.com, I’ve written a few articles for the website:

Page 2: Prayer and football inseparable

Writers’ Bloc: Does God belong in the NFL? Does Kurt Warner?
(scroll to the bottom to find my brief essay)

MLB: Looking back at the ‘disastrous’ All-Star tie
(this link may load slowly)

And here’s my meager ESPN.com archive
(which contains the three articles above)

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Summary of Pre-Journalism Career

Crossroads Communication — sole proprietor • consultant

The Master’s School (Connecticut) — PR/publicity • English teacher

Raymond High School (New Hampshire) — English teacher

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email — bwdeckert [at] gmail.com

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