Marty Ball

Jefferson native named Herald sports editor

Staff report
Marty Ball, a Jefferson native and standout athlete who went on to work for newspapers covering sports in Waterloo, Cedar Falls and Carroll, took the helm as The Jefferson Herald’s sports editor Monday.

Ball succeeds veteran sports editor Sue Rieder, who is retiring.

“The familiarity of the area, the coaches and the players is what excites me most,” Ball said. “Conducting interviews with kids and coaches I didn’t know a whole lot about was always a hurdle for me to jump over in the Waterloo and Cedar Falls areas, but since moving to Carroll and now involving myself back in Jefferson, I think it’ll be a lot easier and more enjoyable to touch base with the coaches and athletes we have here.”

Douglas Burns, co-owner of Herald Publishing, the Carroll-based parent company of The Jefferson Herald, said the addition of Ball to the Jefferson staff further solidifies the newspaper’s commitment to employing strong local voices.

“Marty is a terrific writer with a keen eye for sports,” Burns said. “He brings local knowledge, deep connections to Greene County along with outside experience at daily newspapers in Iowa. I think that one-two punch, hiring someone who is from a city but has lived outside of it, seen the world a bit, is really the way to go with recruiting reporters. We know Marty will help us in our mission to make the Jefferson Herald one of the best weekly newspapers in the Midwest.”

Burns said Sue Rieder played a crucial role in delivering strong coverage of the Greene County sports scene.

“Our successful entry to the Greene County community as newspaper owners could not have happened without Sue Rieder’s tireless work in covering what is most important to our readers: the successes and hard work of Greene County’s young people,” Burns said. “Sue is a true professional who blended a love of education with a passion for sports. She will be missed, and we are indebted to her.”

Ball is already busy at work developing stories and renewing friendships in the county.

“There’s been some big changes in the local sports scene since I was in school, like JSPC becoming Greene County for example, but a lot of the faces have remained the same and I’m looking forward to catching up with them,” Ball said. “Athletics director and head football coach Dean Lansman has been very helpful in getting me the information I need to hit the ground running once fall sports kick off and I appreciate the effort he and Sue Rieder have given to help make this transition of mine a smooth one. I’m looking forward to this new chapter and what it will bring.

“I’d also like to wish all of the Greene County athletes and coaches the best of luck in their upcoming 2015-16 sports seasons. Go Rams!”

Born in 1989 at Greene County Medical Center, Ball, 26, is a son of Tom and Corinne Ball, of Jefferson. His father is a retired physical education teacher who served as the long-time wrestling coach at Jefferson-Scranton. Ball’s mother is the clerk of court for Greene County.

Ball participated in football, wrestling, track and baseball at Jefferson-Scranton, earning a trip to the state competition in wrestling during his junior year where he finished fourth in the 160-pound category. Ball wrestled and played football for Grand View University during his freshman year in college.

A 2012 graduate of the University of Northern Iowa, Ball worked for about three years as a sports writer with the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier. He has served as assistant sports editor in Carroll with the Daily Times Herald for a year.

Ball, who lives in Carroll, will continue as assistant sports editor in Carroll in addition to his duties in Jefferson.

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