Ogden column: Farewell to Scott Dochterman, hello to fall

Jeremiah Davis joining Iowa coverage team

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It’s time to say goodbye and hello.

Scott Dochterman, who recently celebrated his 10th anniversary at The Gazette, has left us to pursue another opportunity with the website Land of 10.

For his many fans, rest assured Scott will continue covering the Iowa athletics teams, specifically focusing on football.

While we are sad to see him leave, this is a great opportunity for Scott to showcase his talent and grow as a sports journalist.

When Scott came to The Gazette we knew immediately we had one of the best reporters the sports department had ever seen. During his interview — which was to cover the “news” part of University of Iowa athletics — he brought with him a notebook full of information about the department with important news and contacts. He already was on the job.

Dale Jones, our night sports editor at the time, and I were blown away, something we got used to over the years when Scott filed his stories on matters big and small, uncovering hidden details lost in the fine print to most of us.

We wish Scott the best of luck in his new job and know we will be seeing him often.

The first hello part of this is to welcome Jeremiah Davis to our Hawkeye reporting team, joining Marc Morehouse and Mike Hlas inside Kinnick Stadium and Carver-Hawkeye Arena. Jeremiah, one of the best auto racing reporter in the Midwest, already has established himself as a top-notch sports reporter and will do a great job with Iowa football and basketball.

Jeff Johnson will take over the UNI football and basketball beats.


It’s also time to say hello to a new school year and, thus, a new season for area colleges and high schools.

We’ve already published our high school football special section and, today, we have a four-page wrap on the Iowa football team, as well as the last of our eight-part series on the Hawkeye and Cyclone football teams.

We’ve also run all of our season previews for the other fall high school sports — boys’ golf, volleyball, girls’ swimming and cross country.

Let the games begin — and many already have.

Personally, I also will be hitting the road soon for the sixth year of our High School Journalism program. I will be talking to students about the importance of journalism and media in our world, about how good writing is important in whatever they choose to do and, of course, publishing their work at www.thegazette.com.

If you are interested in me visiting your school, contact me at the email below.

l Comments: (319) 368-8696; jr.ogden@thegazette.com

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