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Susan Jenior joins Portage Sports coverage team

Susan Jenior joins Portage Sports coverage team


By Tom Nader

Publisher and Editor


Portage Sports is excited and proud to announce the addition of Susan Jenior to its team.

Jenior has enjoyed a tremendous media career that began in 1980 as a Public Relations and Development Director at Public TV Channels 45/49.

She was then hired to write for the Record-Courier in 1986 by Louella Cordier to write a “Rootstown News” society column, then transitioned into the sports department, where she became the trusted voice for golf and bowling coverage.

In total, Jenior spent 38 years writing for the Record-Courier.

Her next chapter will be with Portage Sports, and she will continue her award-winning coverage of golf and bowling.

“I worked with Susan for 18 years at the Record-Courier, and I always admired her passion and work ethic,” Portage Sports Publisher Tom Nader said. “To have the opportunity to work with her again is an amazing opportunity and truly was an easy decision. I am very excited to add her coverage to Portage Sports, and I know our reader will benefit greatly from it.”

Jenior’s connection to Portage County golf carries multiple layers, stepping from weekends on the golf course with her parents and friends as a youth to a nearly 40-year career covering the sport in the towns she has grown up in and around.

She has been the Tournament Director for the popular Portage County Amateurs since 2008 and helped coordinate and guide the growth of the tournaments into four different divisions: Kids, Junior, Amateur and Senior.

Jenior is a proud member of the Northern Ohio Professional Golf Association Legends Hall of Fame and graduated from Rootstown High School and Kent State University.

While in high school, Jenior kept stats for the Rovers’ football, basketball and track and field teams.

“My family read three newspapers every day when I was growing up, always commenting on the athletes and their accomplishments from the previous day and, as educators, congratulated the athletes at school,” Jenior said. “In high school, I phoned in stats for football, basketball and track to four local newspapers, which was my first job.

“Student-athletes work so very hard and they deserve to be recognized for their performance and also know how the competing teams are doing,” she added. “As many publications walk away from the immediate reporting of local individual performances and team successes, it is wonderful to work for Portage Sports, which offers timely reports on all of the sports in the county.”

Jenior also spoke about the enjoyment she still feels covering sports in the county that she grew up in.

“As a sports reporter, I love watching and writing about the athletes, getting their take on a recent contest and sharing their achievements with readers,” Jenior said. “Portage County is a family when it comes to sports. Athletes that I grew up with are now the parents, and grandparents, of the athletes I write about. Nothing is better than that.”

Jenior’s contributions for Portage Sports will begin immediately and will include the upcoming 2023 high school boys and girls golf previews, a weekly High School Golf Report, her well-known “Par for the Course” golf column, as well as additional coverage.

1 Comment

  1. Marion Gordon July 24, 2023

    Congratulations Susan as you enter yet another adventure with your coverage in “Portage Sports.” You really are a Rootstown “home-town” woman who has contributed so very much to our community. We value your input…much success in your journey.


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