I can only assume there has been one question burning through the minds of the community during the past week: Who is that weird-looking guy with the long hair suddenly showing up at the Worthington High athletic events?
First of all, to answer your question; it’s me, Zach Hacker, the new sports reporter and latest member to join the newsroom here at the Daily Globe. Secondly, to make myself slightly less weird-looking (certain things can’t be completely mended) I did get a haircut and now look more like a 17-year-old boy than a really ugly 14-year-old girl.
Now that we’ve got all that out of the way, my real age is 28 and I couldn’t be more excited to back in my home state. I was born and raised in New Richland, a small town of about 1,200 people in south-central Minnesota. I went to high school at NRHEG (New Richland-Hartland-Ellendale-Geneva), a school that has recently made a name for itself by winning back-to-back Class AA girls basketball championships. (Yes, I do know Carlie Wagner. However, I’m not sure if I can get you her autograph.)
After finishing up at NRHEG in 2004, I attended school at Bethany Lutheran College in Mankato for two years before finishing college at Minnesota State University, Mankato in 2008.
My first job out of college was as a general assignment reporter at The N’West Iowa REVIEW in Sheldon, Iowa. I worked there for a little less than a year before going back home to take a sports editor position at the Waseca County News. I was at the County News for nearly three years before deciding I was ready to get out and experience something outside of the upper Midwest.
I landed in Emporia, Kansas, where I was the sports editor at The Emporia Gazette for two years. While I loved my time in Kansas, I was ready to get closer to home; and that is how I wound up here at The Daily Globe.
As far as who I am as a person, I’ll tell you this; I’m working in my dream job. Sports have been a passion of mine since I was very young (I’ve even likened it to an addiction at times) and the fact that I now get paid to watch sports, write about sports and talk to people about sports; seriously, what could be better? That’s everything I’d want to be doing anyway.
I’m a diehard Vikings and Twins fan and if I’m not at work and they’re playing, I’m most likely watching. Otherwise, I’m a pretty laid-back guy. Aside from sports, I’d say my favorite thing to do is spend time with family, friends and my dog, Homer. If I can do all of that while on a lake, that’s pretty close to being a perfect day for me.
As I said, I’m really excited to be here in Worthington and can’t wait to meet everyone. If you see me out and about, whether I’m covering a game or tearing through a burger somewhere, feel free to stop by and say hi. And don’t worry, I’m not as weird as I look.