The McAlester News-Captial is announcing the hire of Derek Hatridge as its new sports editor.
The 2010 Kiowa High School graduate started Tuesday as sports editor for the paper and brings years of experience covering sports in radio and print. General Manager Reina Owens said Hatridge is a great addition to the team and will maintain the McAlester News-Capital’s high expectations for covering sports in the area.
“We are excited to bring on Derek because he’s a homegrown talent and passionate about sports,” Owens said. “Derek has already started fitting in to our family in the newsroom and working to cover sports in McAlester and the surrounding area.”
Editor Adrian O’Hanlon III said that Hatridge’s local ties and sports knowledge made him the perfect candidate after an extensive search.
“I believe Derek is a great addition to our team who will continue putting his heart into covering sports in the area he calls home,” O’Hanlon said. “He is passionate about sports and will continue helping us provide the best local sports coverage in the area.”
Being born in McAlester and raised in the area, Hatridge has a passion for sports, and understands what they mean to locals.
“I’m from here. My brother, sister, and I played in the Pitt 8 Conference, and I attended my brother’s McAlester football games,” Hatridge said. “It meant the world to me to be able to see the accomplishments of myself and others in the McAlester News-Capital. Now, I’m excited to be the one to be telling those stories.”
Hatridge competed in local high school sports and competitions while at Kiowa. Upon graduation, he attended Oklahoma State University, where he worked for the staff of the college newspaper, the Daily O’Collegian, covering sports such as OSU football, basketball, baseball, and softball.
He transferred to Eastern Oklahoma State College, where he graduated with a degree in Mass Communication in 2015. While at Eastern, he worked for the college radio station, The Mix 93.1, where he later transitioned to a full-time position.
In his duties at Eastern, he was a morning radio show host, sports director, copy director, and play-by-play announcer for Eastern and local high school athletics.