Jay Drew Wants To Continue Covering BYU Sports
28-year veteran of the Salt Lake Tribune was laid off earlier this week as part of Tribune’s layoffs
Drew covered the BYU beat for 10 seasons at the Tribune
The journalism industry continues to take hits and the most recent hit impacted the Salt Lake City market as the Salt Lake Tribune laid off 34 employees which made up 38-percent of their newsroom. One of those impacted by the layoffs was BYU beat writer Jay Drew.
Drew had been covering BYU sports since 2008 after taking over for Rhiannon Potkey, who left the market due to a personal health condition.
With some days having passed since Drew received the terrible news that his 28-year career at the Tribune was over, the former BYU beat writer hopped on with Ben Criddle on ESPN 960 to reflect on his time covering the Cougars and what might be his next landing spot.
Drew expressed that he wants to stay in sports media and even mentioned to Criddle that he would like to stay covering BYU athletics in some capacity.
“I like people down there, I like the coaches. Personal note, hours after this came out on Monday, I got a note from Kalani Sitake. He told me to keep my spirits up and gave me encouragement. He’s a good guy,” said Drew.
I enjoyed covering him and I enjoyed covering coach Rose and the players. If I can stay involved somehow with covering BYU -maybe on a limited basis- but still have my hand in it, I’d love that.”
I wish nothing but the best to Jay Drew and I hope he gets the chance to cover BYU athletics again. I always enjoyed going down to practice sessions and chatting with Jay. He has a wealth of knowledge on Cougar sports and the Utah sports scene as a whole. As someone who was coming up through the ranks as the “new media” of sorts, I was honored to have guys like Jay still treat me with respect. Jay is a class act and was a dang good beat writer.
For those that remember, Jay’s BYU practice reports on the old Sltrib blog were some of the best content around. Always enjoyed his attention to detail, and I have to give Jay big props for the fact that he was one of the reasons I signed up for Twitter back in 2009. Hope to see Jay on the BYU beat very soon.
Listen to Drew’s entire interview with Criddle from ESPN 960 here: