Welcome to our staff Q&A! We plan to periodically introduce you to members of the Tucker Publishing Group team via a quick Q&A about us. Who has worked at TPG the longest? What past issues of Evansville Living are our favorites? Who has the fiercest high school rivalry in the office? Keep an eye trained here to find out!
This week, meet Senior Writer John Martin, who joined Tucker Publishing Group on Jan. 3, 2023, after 20-plus years reporting on a variety of beats at the Evansville Courier & Press. A native of Bowling Green, Kentucky, John is a journalism graduate of Western Kentucky University.
Why did you decide to join Tucker Publishing Group?
It was time to take an exciting next step in a long journalism career and work alongside a dynamic team that produces great content about a community we all love. The people of Tucker Publishing Group take immense pride in their products, and it shows. The magazines are terrific!
What types of stories are your favorite to write about, and why?
I enjoy writing stories of all types – hard news, features, sports, long-form, and short-form, and I’m versatile enough to be able to do all of those. I think the written word, whether in a book, in a magazine, or on a screen, enriches our lives. To be able to write for a living is a great privilege.
What has been your favorite magazine issue that TPG has published?
I remember thumbing through the 100th issue of Evansville Living back in 2016 – the “Faces of Evansville” issue with Lilly King on the cover – and thinking it was such a cool way to celebrate not only TPG’s achievements but also everything that’s good about our community.
If you could visit anywhere in the world, where would you go, and why?
Italy is a bucket list place; I’d love to get there sometime. Aside from a few major cities, I’ve not had a chance to explore much of the western United States. And I’m always looking to add to my list of baseball stadiums visited; I’ve been to more than two dozen so far. There are many more of those yet to go.
What life experience would you choose to relive, and why?
The first discussions and interactions with my wife, Cheryl. They would have been at Western Kentucky University in the student newspaper office a long, long time ago, and there are so many details neither of us can remember.