Q & A with the Register-Guard’s Bob Clark

(goducks.com) Oregon point guard Jonathan Loyd leads a fast break in a game against Washington Feb. 5, 2011. The Ducks won the game 81-76. Bob Clark has covered Oregon Ducks men's basketball since the 1980s and he covered the 2010-11 Ducks team that won the CBI Championship and finished 21-18 overall.

I did a question and answer session with the Eugene Register-Guard’s beat writer for Oregon men’s basketball, Bob Clark. Clark has been writing for the Register-Guard for over 20 years and had some interesting answers to the questions I posed to him.

Question: How did you get started in the field of Journalism?

Answer: I had an English teacher in high school who pushed me toward the student newspaper. That eventually led to a parttime job at The Register-Guard when I was in college.

Q: What kind of topics did you report on early in your career?

A: I did a lot of high school sports when I was writing. I probably did more work as a copy editor early in my career.

Q: When did you get hired to write about Oregon basketball for the
Register-Guard?

A: I was already working at The Register-Guard when I was moved over to cover Oregon basketball. There have been three different times when beat changes were made and my new assignment became UO basketball in the winter. I still mix it in with football and baseball coverage and some other assignments.

Q: Is there a highlight of your journalism career thus far?

A: That would be hard to say. I’ve enjoyed a lot of the teams and games I’ve covered. Being involved in the coverage of two UO basketball teams that reached the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament certainly ranks highly for me. I’ll always remember two weeks at the 2007 College World Series, covering an Oregon State team that won the title.

Q: Who has given the best interviews of anyone you have ever interviewed
for the Register-Guard, or other newspapers?

A: That covers a number of people. Three of my favorite athletes to cover in basketball were Oregon point guards Terrell Brandon, Kenya Wilkins and Aaron Brooks. Always very forthcoming and accessible.

Q: What is your favorite part about your job? What about your least favorite?

A: My favorite would be the people. A very interesting group. The least? Probably simply the time constraints that often impact the job. There’s never enough time.

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