Hello, Worthington!

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.

4 Responses

  1. Sandy Hacker

    Hey Zach…..Just wanted to let you know your mom is so happy you cut your hair. And your family is very happy to have you living closer and working for a great newspaper.

  2. Jon Ellingworth

    Best reporter in the Upper Midwest lands in Worthington. Could be a short stop as Sid Hartman can’t go on forever. Welcome back to the great state of 10,000 lakes.

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