Award-winning newspaper editor and nationally-ranked master’s decathlete Grant Overstake brings 35 years of media experience to the United States Sports Academy as he assumes the role of Director of Communications, effective 1 March.
Overstake previously served as general manager and executive editor for Community Publishers, Inc., publishing two community newspapers near Springfield, Mo. He also led the creation of a new social media platform for user-generated content, positioning his papers at the leading edge of next-generation community journalism. An accomplished newspaper writer, Overstake’s experience includes covering sports for the Wichita Eagle and the Miami Herald.
Overstake is a 1980 graduate of the William Allen White School of Journalism and Mass Communications at the University of Kansas. While at KU, he also competed in the grueling decathlon for the Jayhawks, a passion that he continues to pursue in middle-age.
Overstake, 53, placed third in his age group at the USA Track and Field Federation’s National Master’s Decathlon Championship in 2009. He also has surpassed the Master’s All-American Standard in several individual track and field events.
In addition to his newspaper background, Overstake also served as Director of Communications for Tabor College in Hillsboro, Kansas. Among his many professional honors are 12 Awards of Excellence from the Kansas Press Association.