MARYVILLE, Mo. — Tucker Franklin, a senior sports media major at Northwest Missouri State University, has joined The Maryville Forum newsroom and will serve as sports editor. He will graduate in December with a Bachelor of Science degree.
Franklin began Wednesday, taking on the full-time duties of the position and will coordinate the sports coverage of all seven Nodaway County high schools and the university. He takes over a position vacated by former Forum sports editor Jon Dykstra who recently left for Auburn, Alabama, to pursue his dream of covering Division I athletics.
“We hated to see Jon go, obviously, with the level of coverage he provided to our readers,” said Maryville Forum Publisher Phil Cobb. “But we’re excited to see Tucker pick up where Jon left off and continue to build the relationships with our sources and our readers.”
Franklin will be assisted in his efforts at The Forum by second-year sports reporter Anthony Crane.
“Sports coverage has always been near and dear to me,” Cobb said. “With Tucker and Anthony in place, I feel really good about the depth of coverage our readers can enjoy.”
The first assignment for the sports department under Franklin’s direction is to produce the annual fall sports preview, which will publish in The Forum on Thursday, Aug. 29 ahead of the first official fall sporting events.
“The Nodaway County area has a rich sports tradition and covering that is going to be an exciting task,” Franklin said. “I’m looking forward to all the championship-caliber teams and providing them the best coverage that I can.”
Franklin is a native of Trenton, Missouri, where he graduated from Trenton R-IX high school in 2016. While at Trenton, Franklin served as board operator for KTTN Radio and provided color commentary for Trenton high school football games.
While at Northwest, Franklin most recently served as sports editor for the Northwest Missourian student newspaper after being promoted from assistant sports editor in May of this year. He is also the editor of Bearcat Banter, a student-produced podcast, which he intends to continue, along with Andrew Wegley, managing editor for the Northwest Missourian and Jon Walker, who followed Franklin as sports editor for the university-based publication.
“Northwest does a great job preparing their students for the real world,” Franklin said. “I think it helped me understand what it’s like and it has helped me already create great relationships with some area coaches and players.”
This past summer, Franklin completed an internship for Sports Radio 810 WHB in Kansas City, while also serving as Communications Specialist for North Cross Church in North Kansas City.
“I’m fascinated with the people who play sports,” Franklin said. “I like to tell stories about the people you see on Friday nights or Monday nights, on the field or on the court. I like to tell the stories of why they’re there and how they got there.
“I think that’s one of my favorite things, is showcasing those athletes.”
Sports fans can follow Franklin on Twitter @SportsMDF or @thereal_tuckerf and on Facebook at the all-new Maryville Forum Sports page.