Thursday Feb 14 2008
Whoâ€™s Who in Lincoln
By: Staff report
A portrait of a person who is part of your community
Name: Russ Edmondson Occupation: Sports editor of The Lincoln News Messenger and The Placer Herald Residence: Carmichael Family: Parents in Woodland, brother Jess in Mexico How long have you practiced journalism? I started in high school as the sports editor of The Orange Peel in Woodland. I worked on the State Hornet newspaper at Sacramento State for more than two years before earning my journalism degree in 2002. While in college, I interned for the West Sacramento Press covering the Sacramento River Cats in 2000 and I also freelanced for what used to be the Neighbors section of The Sacramento Bee doing sports profiles. I started with The Placer Herald and The Lincoln News Messenger right after graduating from college. How did you end up focusing on sports? I love writing and I love sports so it seemed appropriate to combine the two. I really found my passion for writing in sixth grade. I had a teacher who realized I enjoyed it and thought I had a knack for it, so she really pushed me at it. And the more I wrote the more I found out I enjoyed it. And sports is something that I have always loved, playing basketball, baseball and soccer growing up. My dad and I would fight to get to the sports page first every weekend morning. What do you like best about your job? I get to meet and talk to lots of different people all the time and tell the stories of countless games. I enjoy telling somebody's story “ making it come to life in print. How would you describe yourself? I always make an effort to see the bright side in things and I am a positive person. How do you spend your spare time? I love playing basketball and golf and going to concerts. I root for the Giants, Kings and 49ers and go to games when I can. I have lots of friends in the area and it seems that there is never a shortage of things to do. Also being around the water always makes for a great day, as well as does hanging out with the family. Where were you born? How did you end up in this area? I was born in Blythe, which is in the middle of the desert in southeast California. I remember one day it was 129 degrees! Crazy hot in Blythe. If I wasn't at school or at a restaurant or something like that, I never wore shoes or a shirt. But then, I suspect partly because my dad didn't want my brother or I to become a Dodgers or Rams fan, we moved to Northern California when I was 7 in 1986. We ended up in Woodland and I have been in this general area ever since. Do you have a favorite TV show? The sitcoms I like are no longer on the air “ especially Seinfeld and King of Queens. The Sopranos was great too. My TV is tuned to sports most of the time. What's something people might be surprised to find out about you? I was a janitor for one semester in college. It was at the same health club in Woodland that I was summer camp counselor and I needed a job so they gave me one. I found out that being the maintenance guy paid more than working the front desk so I said ˜why not?' The parents of the kids that I worked with over the summer were always surprised to see me mopping or checking to see if the sauna was at the correct temperature. I ended up breaking two vacuums, broke up a fight in the men's locker room and cleaned up glass after cars were broken into in the parking lot. I also found out which employees did all their family laundry at the club after hours and that getting the cover to fit neatly over a huge pool by yourself is much harder than it looks. Especially in the pouring rain.