John Swartz: The site’s editor in chief. Before a 10-year stint as a journalist, he graduated from East Carolina University with a degree in communication with a focus in media studies; other areas of education include English and philosophy. Born and raised in the southeastern United States, his career has taken him as far as northern California, where he currently works as a marketer for media company. A husband and father, he takes great pride in his family and enjoys writing about and discussing the issues families face today.
Jen Upshaw Swartz: TMF’s Social Media Manager and another of the site’s career journalists. A graduate of the University of Oregon School of Journalism, she continued her education with a master’s in journalism from Northwestern University. From covering Chicagoland’s grizzled government to crime everywhere between northern California and the dirty South, she’s experienced the most gritty situations but still finds the time to grace our pages with her In Her Words columns looking at life’s issues from the female perspective. E-mail her at inherwords(at)themanfaq.com.
Tony Castleberry saw Carrot Top’s show at Western Carolina University in 1992 and part of the Top’s workout at Gold’s Gym in Bozeman, Mont., in the early 2000s. These are the only two things he can remember with absolute certainty. Contact Tony at mailbag(at)themanfaq.com.
Demetri Ravanos is proud of many things — his kids, his wife, his radio career, owning a home before he turned 24. But perhaps what he is most proud of is being in the Georgia Dome the day Warren Sapp decided to do the Beyonce dance. Demetri is a Bama native living in North Carolina. He is not only The Man FAQ’s sports columnist, but also 1/3 of our podcast The Cheap Seats.
Mark Yates has spent his entire career writing one thing or the other. After getting caught up in the second California gold rush (you know, the dot-com one), Mark settled for writing the pithy one-liners you see describing many of the products you buy every day. For what writing does to pay Mark’s bills, it’s also his outlet. When he’s not ranting about the world around him, he’s creating a new one through fiction.
Patrick Johnson: For nearly two decades Patrick has been in broadcasting and media. His work includes sportscasting for MASN in Baltimore, MD; The ACC Network, the now defunct UPN network and various ESPN Radio affiliates. The PMan has worked in broadcasting as a talk host, news anchor/reporter and sports anchor in Orlando, FL; Raleigh, NC and Greenville, NC. Nationally, he’s a frequent contributor to ABC News Radio.
For more about Patrick, visit his webpage.
James Allorski is a Detroit native who went to Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio. He has a journalism degree, but isn’t sure why he wasted his money on that. However, he is a paid journalist, and covers some cool stuff sometimes. You probably haven’t seen his work. But if you have, you’ve undoubtedly been very impressed.
Dan Nied: A sportswriter based in the San Francisco Bay Area, Dan likes to spout off about things from time to time. “If you knew me, you’d categorize me as the loudest guy in the room,” says Dan. “Since you probably don’t know me, I’ll just have to be the loudest guy on Blogger. But that doesn’t mean I am just shouting to shout. I have a point to make here. Which, of course, you’ll see as we go along.” Dan’s worked at newspapers and Web sites around the nation, but settled three years ago in California. He won seven Colorado Press Association awards for features, columns and event stories. He’s covered the NFL, MLB, NCAA and NHL, and a ton of high school games.