Ryan Wooden is a 24-year old resident of Morris, IL, a southwestern suburb of Chicago. Ryan went to Morris Community High School where he lettered in football and baseball before attending the University of Tennessee. As a writer, Ryan began as a contributor on BleacherReport.com, which, despite its reputation, did give him an opportunity to begin to feel out writing for a large audience for the first time. Through his work at B/R, Ryan was hired on to become the lead columnist for a once-popular Tennessee Volunteers blog, KnoxVegasVols.com, on the FanVsFan Network. He also went on to serve as the editor of LetsTalkWhiteSox.com, a decidedly less-popular White Sox blog on the same network. From there, Ryan was hired as a national columnist who covered golf and SEC football for RantSports.com, one of the largest and fastest growing sports entities on the web.
Currently, Ryan is working as a correspondent for the Morris Daily Herald, an award-winning daily newspaper in his hometown of Morris, IL. In January, he left his position covering the Chicago Bears at Examiner to take a featured columnist position at Chicago Bears Huddle, a ChicagoNow blog owned by the Tribune Company. He is also a regular contributor to Chicago’s best new sports site, ChicagoSideSports.com. ChicagoSide is edited by New York Times best-selling author and former Wall Street Journal reporter Jonathan Eig and features some of the most universally respected names in Chicago sports journalism.
Most recently, Ryan was hired on as a columnist at SaturdayBlitz.com, a national college football website on the FanSided Network (partnered with SI.com). He is scheduled to write an SEC-related column twice weekly and has requested that they pay him in beer, but they’ve elected to go with money instead. In addition to his work for Saturday Blitz, he has also signed on as an NFL columnist for FanSided’s homepage, FanSided.com.
As a full-time freelancer, Ryan’s work has appeared on several prominent national and regional websites, such as FoxSports.com, USAToday.com, CBS.com, and ChicagoTribune.com. He’s also had features circulated in regional magazines like Time Out Chicago, GO Magazine, and The Slant: NFL Draft Guide.
He wrote this biography in a very straight-forward, third-person manner because that’s apparently what people do these days. However, when he isn’t writing incredibly conceited things about himself or other people, he often stays up til 4 AM performing a number of peculiar hobbies given the time of day. This includes cooking, reading things he has already read before (sometimes things he even wrote himself), rehashing his 90’s childhood via grainy YouTube videos of Double Dare clips, and endlessly trolling the Internet for footprints of his own existence. It’s all remarkably self-centered behavior, which should surprise nobody since he already admitted to writing this entire passage about himself in the third-person as if he’s been existing outside of his own body for the past 24+ years.
This blog is an outlet for Ryan’s personal opinions and do not reflect the views of any of his employers.
Ryan is available as a contracted employee or on a freelance basis. He can spin a halfway decent feature from time-to-time, and, if given the chance, he can even write in the first person. To contact Ryan concerning paid work, to pitch a story, or to offer up a tip (tip meaning a newsworthy item, not unsolicited advice), feel free to email him at email@example.com.