TownSquareBuzz.com is happy to announce that McKinney’s own Dylan Derryberry has joined our ever-growing family as a staff reporter. His varied experiences in multimedia, friendly attitude and love of storytelling make him a perfect match with TSB.
Derryberry is a McKinney native who graduated in 2008 from McKinney High, where he was deeply involved in MHS’ journalism program and also played for the McKinney Ice Hockey Club for five years.
“Growing up I spent my summers walking downtown to the public library, my first job was scooping ice cream at Herbie’s Soda Fountain and I still have fond memories of painting my face for football games,” Derryberry said. “ It’s great to see how much McKinney has grown. I’m proud to be a part of this community again and ready to give back to the city that raised me.”
In the time away from his hometown, Derryberry has pursued education, experience and adventure. After he graduated from MHS, Derryberry began school at Colorado Mountain College in Glenwood Springs, Colo. Although the school had no formal journalism program, he began blogging about his college experiences to give potential students an idea of the adventures college had to offer. From coverage of the Winter X-Games and the school’s annual lubricant wrestling tournament to mock emergency evacuations, Derryberry took pride in finding the unique stories and experiences around him. His blog gained international recognition when he won the Microsoft Office Winter Games Blogging Competition and was sent to the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver to report from behind the scenes alongside the world’s top news organizations.
Following the medal ceremonies and interviews with international athletes, Derryberry took it upon himself to further his education in journalism. In 2010, Derryberry transferred to the University of Kansas, where he worked for numerous publications including The University Daily Kansan and Political Fiber as he received his degree from the William Allen White School of Journalism. Like many of his fellow Jayhawk alumni, Derryberry became deeply engrossed in the religion of collegiate sports and looks forward to expanding that passion here in McKinney.
“School spirit defined my high school and college careers and helped develop my love for any and all sports,” Derryberry said. “My experience with athletics has shown me just how big an impact sports make on communities of all shapes and sizes. I look to showcase not only the accomplishments of the various organizations around the city, but also the role they play in contributing to the community.”
As TSB continues to grow in readership and subscriptions it has become necessary to produce more constant, collected and polished content. Derryberry’s portfolio and experiences speak for themselves and TSB Founder Angie Bado is happy to have someone so linked to McKinney’s community join TSB.
“I’m thrilled to have one of McKinney’s own come full circle and come to work for us at TSB,” Bado said.” I believe that Dylan will bring some unique insights and abilities to TSB and I am delighted to have him as part of our team.”
Photo By TSB’s Sawyer Erickson