Last week, the Washington Times shutdown its entire 25-member sports section. Today, at least one of those has landed elsewhere. MASN, the television home of the Washington Nationals, has announced that Ben Goessling has joined the network as a full-time reporter, blogger and on-air contributor. Goessling will cover the Nationals for MASNsports.com, beginning on January 11th.
Goessling will continue writing about the team on a daily basis, hosting live chats and video blogs and making frequent appearances during MASN's pre and post game show, Nats Xtra. He will also interact with fans using Twitter, the popular social networking platform. He joins Phil Wood and Byron Kerr who continue to cover the Nationals for MASNsports.com.
Goessling enters his third year covering the Nationals after two seasons on the beat at the Washington Times, where he was a frequent contributor to Nats Xtra during the "Hot Corner" segment. In addition to covering the Nationals and two World Series, he covered the Washington Capitals, Redskins and Wizards, as well as local college basketball, the AT&T National tournament and the 2009 Frozen Four. He began his career at the Star Tribune in Minneapolis, where he covered everything from sports to local news and business, and has worked for the St. Paul Pioneer Press, where he was honored by the Minnesota Associated Press Sports Association for a 2004 investigation into allegations of coaching impropriety at the University of Minnesota.
During his years at the Washington Times, Goessling embraced the changing face of sports media by contributing to "Chatter," the Times' popular Nationals blog, hosting online chats with fans and developing a robust Twitter account, @washtimesbb.
"Ben is one of the most trusted, informative, and active members of the media covering the Nationals," said MASN spokesman Todd Webster. "We are excited that Ben is bringing his insights, perspective and work ethic to MASNsports.com, to provide Nationals fans with 24/7 access to the team."
While Goessling has landed, please continue to support the other Washington Times sports writers that were let go. For sports business matters, follow Tim Lemke on his blog http://www.timlemkesports.com/ and on twitter @TimLemkeSports
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