Let’s Meet the Writers and Editors!

Let’s Meet the Writers and Editors!

Providing content for thousands of Oregon fans is a big job that takes over 60 people working on a part-time volunteer basis. Every day we have seven writers on average, writing, and four editors looking over the articles to see how they can help the writer improve and make certain we have good quality coming out on the site.  Once in awhile something will get past the writer, editor, and Editor-in-Chief, but not often!

We have quite the organized schedules for the writers and editors and the training is ongoing with the rapid turnover that typically occurs in volunteer organizations. We have been proud of all the writers who have gone on to part-time and full time paying jobs in the field after their experience at FishDuck.com. At mininum–they are different people when they move on from FishDuck.com as they have improved their writing skills, their savvy as to how to construct an article, and their media technology skills that will help them for life.

Editors have a special place in my heart…because their skills are so very rare out in the world–and these are people who like to edit! We have a few who are superb writers as well, but the majority focus on editing and coaching the young-guns to better productions for the benefit of our readers. The site could not survive without them, and not only am I grateful for their skills, but I am thankful for the wonderful people that they are. The banter among us is fun, and it is just a nice group of people to be aligned with.

I have been very fortunate to have such high quality writers and editors come and join the site. Let’s meet them below and you can click on their name to go to pages of their work, or click on their picture on the “About Us” page at the top of the site.   Charles Fischer

  • Aaron LewisAaron Lewis

    Aaron Lewis grew up 15 minutes from Autzen Stadium and has been a die-hard Ducks fan his whole life; he painted his chest for an Oregon football game for the first time at age 10. Aaron studied economics at Brigham Young University and after graduation worked as a management consultant for Bain & Co. in Dallas. More recently Aaron joined a mid-cap private equity firm in Salt Lake City. In addition to spending too many hours following the Ducks and college football more broadly, Aaron enjoys spending time with his wife and two girls, cycling, hiking, and following college basketball and the NBA.

    Abbie -The FishDuck.com MascotAbbie -The FishDuck.com Mascot

    Abbie is the official mascot of FishDuck.com as she has entertained thousands in her appearances in the instructional videos of the Oregon Offense and Defense in the FishTank Video Archive. She has come to love so many of the staff that come to visit.

    Amanda BrennerAmanda Brenner

    Amanda Brenner was born and raised in Eugene, OR with a great love for the ducks. At the age of 12, she moved to Phoenix, AZ where she was the place kicker for her high school football team. She also played soccer and basketball, along with running for the track team.

    She recently graduated from Northern Arizona University with a degree in Actuarial Science. In the future, she hopes to become a statistical analyst for a team in the NFL or NBA.

    August HowellAugust Howell

    August Howell is a freshman at the University of Oregon and is in the process of studying journalism. He was raised on the small coastal town of Half Moon Bay, California where he discovered his passion for surfing and running. Since the beginning high school, August has competed in Cross Country and Track and Field and is currently is a very active member on the UO Running Club.

    Originally, August’s writing was based entirely on his love of surfing, but now he is becoming a more diversified writer as he also follows professional basketball and football. August loves talking Duck sports with anyone who wants to join in the conversation.

    Bob RodesBob Rodes

    Bob Rodes got his degree in music from Indiana University in 1983, and promptly took a job as a computer salesman. He has spent the last 30 years in the IT business, doing everything from software development to website design to technical documentation to writing user manuals. While not specifically a Ducks fan (his father started teaching at Notre Dame Law School when he was two days old, and stayed there for 57 years), he loves the way the Ducks play football. He spends his spare time reading sports articles on the internet, playing piano and chess, wandering around in nature, and editing other people's work just for fun.

    Brian LibbyBrian Libby

    Brian Libby is a writer and photographer living in Portland. A life-long Ducks football fanatic who first visited Autzen Stadium at age eight, he is the author of two histories of UO football, "Tales From the Oregon Ducks Sideline" and "The University of Oregon Football Vault." When not delving into all things Ducks, Brian works as a freelance journalist covering design, film and visual art for publications like The New York Times, Architect, and Dwell, among others.

    Bruce NelsonBruce Nelson

    Bruce is a reformed USC grad, class of 1972. Bruce competed as a middle distance and cross country runner in college and also coached track and field briefly. Bruce is rather obsessed with track and field and travels both countrywide and worldwide to attend meets. Bruce is a proud resident of Tracktown USA, a status that makes his track fan friends around the world green with envy.

    Coach MorrisCoach Morris

    Coach Mike Morris spent 30 years coaching at seven different high schools throughout Southern California. He coached many players who went on to Pac-12 programs including Oregon, such as Saladin McCullough. He is a writer, Football analyst and a good friend of the Principal of the site.

    Curtis PetersonCurtis Peterson

    Curtis Peterson started coaching football in 2005 and he is the founder of Strong Football. He is currently a football coaching consultant for a few teams in the midwest. Coach Peterson welcomes your feedback, please follow him on Twitter at @CoachCP.

    Dano DunnDano Dunn

    Dano is of pioneer stock - on his mother's side - born a coastie, raised a coastie. He earned his BBA from the University of Oregon in 1970. As a freshman in 1967, he walked on to the Frosh baseball squad and earned his coveted letter playing alongside future Duck greats such as Jim Van Wyck, John Dye and Colby Howe.

    He is a published author and has served on the editorial staff of two regional magazines. After spending more than 20 years in the construction business, Dano settled back on the beautiful Oregon coast. He lived in Florence for 15 years before he made his final move - back to Reedsport - in 2015.

    David MillerDavid Miller

    David, a father of two young Oregon fans, has been a Duck all his life after growing up in Eugene. Although not UO Alumni, his wife was a Journalism major there, and he has stayed true to his Ducks wherever life has taken him. In addition to watching the Ducks each Saturday with up to 200 fans at the Irish Channel in Washington, D.C., he has enjoyed playing tackle football with friends each fall for 25 consecutive years, regularly implementing the latest Oregon offensive wrinkle to stymie defenses. David has been writing short stories all of his adult life for fun and is excited to be writing about the Ducks on Fishduck.com.

    FishDuck StaffFishDuck Staff

    These are articles where the writer just had a few, or for some reason did not want their name on it any longer--so we assigned it to "staff." We are grateful to all the writers who contributed to the site through these articles.

    Graham BerryGraham Berry

    Graham Berry (Editor and Writer) is a former Lincoln High (Portland) Cardinal and current tax attorney. He decided that contributing to FishDuck.com as an editor and writer would allow him to tick off one of his New Year’s resolutions and volunteer his time for the greater good. Predictably, Graham enjoys all things sports-related, particularly beer and ill-formed opinions. He currently resides in Seattle with his wife and two cats. Follow him on Twitter: @GrahamRBerry.

    Jason FowlerJason Fowler

    Jason, born and raised in central Oregon, first noticed college football when his older brother attended the University of Oregon. Jason studied English at Southern Oregon University and enjoyed cheering for the school’s team, but longed for that major college game-day experience. That desire slowly blossomed into a fanatical passion for the national feel of college football, especially defending the Pac-12 while challenging conferences like the SEC to step up. He has spent five years expounding on the differences between the two conferences on his blog, buzzbrother2-pac10football.blogspot.com, set up solely for that purpose. Following the Ducks' recruiting progress in the off-season has made college football a year-round hobby for him. He now resides in Spokane, Washington with his incredibly patient, non-football-fan wife and three children, and works as an MRI Technologist. He can be reached at buzzbrother2@msn.com.

    Jay GarnettJay Garnett

    Jay is a transplant to Duck Nation. He grew up in southern Maine, tragically knowing nothing of Oregon football prior to the 2007 college football season, when Dennis Dixon willed the Ducks into the national consciousness before tearing his ACL late in the year. Since then, the Ducks have consumed every Saturday from August to February. Jay graduated from the U of O with a degree in Journalism in the spring of 2014. Perhaps more impressively, he didn't miss a single game in Autzen stadium during his four years in Eugene.

    Jeremy McGuireJeremy McGuire

    Jeremy has been employed in Educational Administration since 2012. As a former high school football coach in central Kentucky, Jeremy has studied the Ducks multiple attack offense. In his tenure as football coach he has had the opportunity to coach in 5 State Championships, winning 3. As the high school game continued to change, Jeremy began to study the Ducks style of play beginning in 2007. With a passion for Offensive play Jeremy used some of what he learned to implement a similar style of offense. As a former college quarterback and over 20 years of coaching experience he is excited to provide football analysis with the FishDuck team.

    Jerry ThompsonJerry Thompson

    Thompson is the owner and editor of Mighty Oregon Magazine and is the writer/producer of the recently released 7-hour, 4-DVD set "Mighty Oregon" which can be ordered at modvd.com He earned an M.A. in Communications with an emphasis on documentary film. "Mighty Oregon" was 25 years in the making and chronicles through game film highlights and interviews the whole history of Oregon Ducks Football (1894-2012). Film footage begins with the 1917 Rose Bowl win over Penn and covers everything through the 2012 Rose Bowl win over Wisconsin. Jerry was a UO football student manager in 1969 and 1970.

    Junnelle HogenJunnelle Hogen

    When it comes to writing, Junnelle Hogen (Editor) likes it – in style. This college sophomore was introduced to The Elements of Style early on, which started a lifelong journey into editing. Junnelle is assistant editor for the newspaper at Central Oregon Community College, and has assisted with book series editing. She also enjoys writing and broadcasting. Junnelle is an editorial intern at Central Oregon Magazine, and works part-time for both KBND and KNLR. Although Junnelle lives in sunny Central Oregon, she is a Duck at heart, and plans to transfer to the University of Oregon for journalism.

    Kellen GarrettKellen Garrett

    As a newborn baby Kellen completed the late 1980s version of the Oregon Trail with his family, leaving the humid Midwest behind for the fertile, green (and yellow) Pacific Northwest. Upon his arrival there was a natural gravitation to the Ducks. Kellen returned to his roots for college and after a few days in Illinois realized he had made a terrible mistake. He graduated from Wheaton College in 2009 with a degree in Communications. He went on to spend the next six years in Texas before returning to the Promised Land. Kellen is now a high school tennis coach at his alma mater and calls Central Oregon home. In his free time Kellen can be found running in the Cascade Mountains with his red golden retriever.

    Levi SteierLevi Steier

    Levi Steier, (Football Analyst) after a collegiate playing career cut short by injuries, began his coaching career as a student assistant at Dakota State University. Since then he has coached primarily at the high school level. During this time he has been a head coach and has coordinated all three phases of the game. He is currently the owner of a web design business and the publisher at OptionFootball.net where he discusses many aspects of football, but regularly focuses on option oriented football topics. Coach Steier enjoys talking football and encourages anyone who would like to discuss the game or find more information to visit his site. You can follow Levi on twitter @OptionFootball, on his Facebook page and on Google+.

    Marc BurtonMarc Burton

    Marc is a proud graduate of the Lundquist School of Business, U of O class of 1978 and has been following all things green and yellow for over 40 years. An Encore Fellow and management consultant for non-profit organizations, Marc is a long time Bay area resident who loves speaking Duck with anyone and everyone. You’ll also find him surfing the breaks along the Central California Coast or exploring the Sierra’s with a backpack and a fly rod. And while the Bay Area is home he’ll gladly admit that a part of him has never left Eugene.

    Matt BryantMatt Bryant

    Matt grew up in Oregon, graduated UO in 1998, and tried to impress a young lady (not from Oregon) by going to law a fancy law school on the East Coast. He did pretty well in law school but never saw the young lady again. Matt is now a lawyer in New York where he bores everyone around him with tales of how much better life can be in the Pacific NW usually carrying on about the biking, the coast, the salmon, the complete lack of humidity, Reubens from The Goose Hollow Inn, and Ducks football.

    When Matt is not litigating high-stakes, important, commercial disputes for important people, arguing important points, or writing important things, he is likely either reading, on his bike, or (from late August through February) watching football. He lives with his family on North Shore of Long Island because the coast overlooking the Sound almost has a real shoreline but still can’t hold a candle to Oregon’s coast.

    Mike MerrellMike Merrell

    Mike (Editor-in-Chief) is a 1970 graduate of the University of Oregon where he attended the Honors College and received all-conference honors as a swimmer. After college, Mike ran for the Oregon Track Club and narrowly missed qualifying for the US Olympic Trials in the marathon. He continues his involvement in sports with near-daily swimming or running workouts, occasional masters swim competition (where he has received two Top-10 World rankings), providing volunteer coaching to local triathletes and helping out with FishDuck.com.

    Mike lives on 28 acres in the forest near Sandpoint, Idaho, where he has served as a certified public accountant for most of his working career. His current night job is writing novels about Abby Westminster, the only known illegitimate daughter of Britain's finest secret agent who has to bring down arch-villains plotting dastardly deeds. And, yes, Abby is also a DUCK!

    Mike OstromMike Ostrom

    Mike Ostrom is a 1989 Oregon Graduate (Journalism Major) He worked on air as the Sports Director for a CBS affiliate for six years and has free lanced for ESPN, Fox and other media entities. Mike now resides in Dallas, TX. He and his wife play zone defense with their five kids ages 16, 12, 11, 11 and 11. Mike’s full time job is in the Google/Bing advertising space. His family runs a small ministry that provides soccer balls for orphans and underprivileged kids around the world.

    Natalie LiebhaberNatalie Liebhaber

    Natalie (Editor) studied journalism at both Butler University and Indiana University-Purdue University-Indianapolis (IUPUI), but her sports allegiance lies with Ohio State and Oregon. She works as a freelance project manager, writer and editor outside her regular day job in the financial services industry. Prior to joining FishDuck.com, Natalie served as managing editor for an open-wheel racing news website. Natalie and her husband John reside in Bozeman, MT with their hound dog, Lou, who also loves ducks.

    Nathan RoholtNathan Roholt

    Nathan Roholt is a senior writer and managing editor emeritus for FishDuck. Follow him on Twitter @nathanroholt. Send questions/feedback/hatemail to nroholtfd@gmail.com.

    Ruskin FiegenbaumRuskin Fiegenbaum

    Ruskin has been following the Ducks since the '94 Rose Bowl. He graduated from the University of Oregon in 2007 and has been coaching football in the Portland-Metro area since 2008.

    Spencer ThomasSpencer Thomas

    Spencer (Editor and Writer) grew up in Portland, Oregon as a fan of all things green and yellow. He became a byline junkie while working as a freelance sports journalist while attending college. Spencer attended Vanderbilt Law School in Nashville, Tennessee, and served on the editorial board of the Vanderbilt Journal of Transnational Law, one of the top ten international law journals in the world. He is thrilled to be a part of FishDuck, where he can combine his passion for writing and editing with his passion for Oregon athletics. Spencer currently lives and works in Nashville, Tennessee, where he monitors the Ducks from afar and plots (unsuccessfully) to destroy the SEC from the inside.

    Steven WrightSteven Wright

    Like many people, Steven (Technical Editor) started out as a child. Growing up in Oregon on a farm with five siblings, competition came looking for him and he played just about any sport that involved a ball or running. Naturally, he became a supporter of the teams of the Oregon schools, particularly the Oregon Ducks. After attending college in Sacramento, CA for a BS in Accounting and an MBA, he spent 30 years working as a financial professional, primarily as a Controller and consulting work. He currently lives in Stockton, CA and pays homage to the Ducks and his cat, Jack.

    Tony HooluluTony Hoolulu

    Aloha, My name is Tony Hoolulu, (Football Analyst) and I am from Kailua Hawaii on the eastside of Oahu. I have coached football at Kailua high School for the past 21 years, as in a number of roles including the most recent as Offensive coordinator. I was also the Head Track coach and coached basketball for many years as well.

    I now have my own girls basketball club, giving back time to my family and very much enjoy doing so but really miss the competitive preparation for high school sports. FishDuck.com has helped me and players in understanding what the DUCK way is all about. I have 3 beautiful daughters Kiani, Kaira, Kalia, and a lovely wife Kim.

    Tyler RobinsonTyler Robinson

    Tyler graduated from the University of Oregon's journalism program back in the spring of 2010. Tyler has loved the Ducks since the days of his youth, and that love has only grown as he's gotten older. Outside of Oregon football Tyler dives deep into Major League Baseball every year, and considers himself to be a baseball historian of sorts. He also has a Black Labrador named "Page" after Jimmy Page of the mighty Led Zeppelin. In his spare time he enjoys fishing, golfing, and snowboarding even if his skills are questionable at best in those areas.