Ep. 52: Fred Dreier – Freelance Sports Journalist

Fred Dreier is a freelance journalist who writes primarily about sports business, lifestyle and endurance sports and the marijuana industry. He also happens to be one of my oldest friends. I’d like to say this week’s episode goes in-depth into what the world of a journalist is like, but the truth is that we spend more time riffing about whatever topic comes to mind than we do digging into Fred’s career.

We do touch on a bit of Fred’s career path – how he started the sports page at University of California, Santa Cruz’s student newspaper, working at Boulder-based Velo News where he traveled all over the world covering professional cycling, his transition to Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, and finally some of his current work as a freelancer. But more than that, Fred and I catch up as old friends.

This episode marks the one-year anniversary of the Jon of All Trades Podcast, and I like that it’s a friendly, familiar chat with a buddy. It’s a nice analog for how I feel in the podcast, and how grateful I am that you have come along for the ride. Like the podcast itself, we touch on a broad selection of topics, and we talk about them intelligently, and not too self-seriously. Fred’s a tremendously talented writer, and an all-around great guy. It’s a pleasure to feature him on the one-year anniversary of the show. And I thank you for being a part of it. We couldn’t do it without you.

Please check out Fred Dreier on Twitter, and take a look at his work portfolio. I particularly enjoyed Fred’s piece in the Wall Street Journal about the use of marijuana by ultramarathoners.

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