Theo Tate is no stranger to the Granite City sports scene.
Tate, a 1993 graduate of Belleville East High School and ‘97 grad of the University of Central Missouri, covered Granite City High School sports for the Suburban Journals from 2000-’09. When AdVantage News was looking for someone to understand the importance of prep sports in Granite City, Tate was the perfect choice.
“I’m so excited to return to the town that made my life a lot of fun,” Tate said. “After five and a half years, I kind of missed Granite City. I missed covering all of the Granite City High and junior high sports, and Paddlers swimming and Granite City Park District baseball/softball playoffs in the summer.”
Tate brings with him tons of sports journalism experience and the opportunity to offer Grade A coverage to a community starved for sports attention.
“I’ve been writing sports for over 20 years,” Tate said. “I worked with the Suburban Journals for 11 years. I wrote for the Jefferson County (Mo.) Journals for two years before heading to Granite City. I also worked as a sports intern for the Reading (Pa.) Eagle-Times in the summer of 1996 and 1997. I’m motivated, organized, versatile and energetic about covering sports and I would like to bring that trend to the Advantage News because it’s a community operation and everybody wants to read good things about their community.”
Tate has remained busy since his time away from the Suburban Journals. He’s never given up on his passion for writing, completing three sports books. He currently works for the Collinsville Library and hopes to return to school to study library science.
“I did a lot after working with the Journals,” said Tate. “I wrote three books (all sports) in a span between 2012 and 2014. I wrote “Good To The Last Out,” which chronicles all of the players who made the last out of the World Series. I wrote “Ladies Night” and “Another Ladies Night;” both are fiction works that chronicle the life of a professional basketball league for 12-year-old girls.
“I also did some freelance work for the O’Fallon Progress (which is a weekly insert of the Belleville News-Democrat) and the Marion Daily Republican.
“I also helped take care of my mother, who battled pneumonia in October 2009. For three years (2009-2012), I was a volunteer worker at my mom’s job at a Head Start center in St. Louis and I did things such as taking pictures and providing video diaries for all of the children who attended there. I even got a Presidential Volunteer Award in 2012.”
Most of all, Tate shares the vision of AdVantage News, which is providing equal and unbiased reporting across the board for all Granite City sports and all GCHS athletes.
“When I became a Granite City sportswriter in June of 2000, my mission was to give equal coverage to all of the sports in Granite City and make life fun for this small city. After nine years, I felt I accomplished that feat. Now I just wanted to pick up right where I left off in 2009. I want to make life fun for this small city by providing good coverage in the prep, junior high, college and professional levels.
“Granite City is not just known for wrestling and soccer — it’s good in all sports. It also has top-notch facilities and the people and the administrators there are pretty nice people. That’s why it’s so important to bring good sports coverage to Granite City. The moms and dads want to read about their kids doing something good, so it’s important to make them happy, too.”
Watch for Tate’s stories in the Granite City print edition of AdVantage News and also check out www.advantagenews.com for additional web stories on Warriors’ sports.