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Bronco Phil Swanson blogging for N.Y. Times

July 30, 2009

KALAMAZOO--As if going through summer football workouts, writing for a school newspaper, keeping some semblance of a social life and interning at a local CBS TV affiliate are not enough for a Division I student-athlete, try blogging for one of the most renowned news publications in the world.

Western Michigan University junior offensive lineman Phillip Swanson, an Academic All-American and journalism major from Grand Haven, Mich., is writing a blog for the New York Times prior to and during the upcoming football season.

Follow Swanson's N.Y. Times college sports blog

"The New York Times has been doing a blog called 'The Quad' for about three years," says Times writer Pete Thamel. "It started during the NCAA Tournament a few years back with Steve Danley, a former basketball player at the University of Pennsylvania, who is currently studying at Oxford. Participants for college football have included Colt Brennan and Myron Rolle, a 2008 Rhodes Scholar.

"We found Phil because he was a journalism major and an Academic All-American and have been overwhelmed by his enthusiasm and energy. This has been a fun feature for the writers and editors at the Times, and we look forward to working with Phil all year long."

Swanson first blog entry for the Times earlier this month described how he found out about the opportunity and how his family reacted to the news. "It is not every day that a college journalism major is able to have a byline in or associated with the New York Times," he wrote.

Media contact: Mat Kanan, (269) 387-4125, mat.kanan@wmich.edu

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