Starting Monday, I will be taking about a month off to spend time with my kids and my family.
But never fear. We won’t leave you without controversial topics to discuss and friends to disagree with.
I am thrilled to announce that for the first time in almost six years, a DAD will take the helm and keep you amused and informed through the Dad Days of Summer!
Andy Johnston is a professional sports writer and father to a fantastic 5-year-old son named Ty, who will be starting kindergarten in the fall. Andy and his wife Lori have been married for 13 years and live outside of Athens.
Andy has been covering sports for 23 years. A few years back, he quit his dream job of sports editor for The Athens Banner-Herald to become a stay-at-home dad and freelance sports writer.
He wanted the flexibility to play Legos with his son in the morning and then head over to cover the Bulldogs football practice in the afternoon. He has awkwardly attended playgroup, done the drop off and cleaned the spit up. He is truly a modern dad sharing childcare, housework and making ends meet.
Andy regularly covers sports from around the state for the AJC and The Associated Press, as well as other publications.
Andy is a Georgia boy. He grew up in near Kennesaw and attended North Cobb High School, Young Harris College and the University of Georgia .
His wife Lori is a freelance writer extraordinaire and my former college roommate and bridesmaid!
I am so excited for Andy to bring a dad’s point of view to the blog and give some new perspective through a hot summer. He is a perfect mix of professional journalist and father who is on the front lines of daily parenting with his hands sticky from glue, his heart warmed with love and his body exhausted from doing it all.
Please join me in welcoming Andy. If you have topics you would like to see Andy address, you can leave your ideas below or e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- By Theresa Walsh Giarrusso for the Momania blog