ZACHARY PERELES

540-649-4104 | zapereles@gmail.com

EDUCATION

Medill School of Journalism, Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois

September 2014 - March 2018

Bachelor of Science in Journalism, Certificate in Integrated Marketing Communications, Minor in History

Overall GPA: 3.8/4.0; GPA in Journalism Classes: 3.9/4.0

Magna Cum Laude

 

Waynesboro High School, Waynesboro, Virginia

August 2010 - June 2014

Accomplishments: Valedictorian, Varsity Basketball, Soccer and Golf

Weighted GPA: 4.3/4.0

JOURNALISM EXPERIENCE

Denver Broncos

August 2018-January 2019

Digital media contributor

  • Authored several cover profile stories as well as other feature content on players and coaches for the Broncos Gameday Magazine distributed at home games

  • Provided beat coverage for the Broncos throughout the preseason and regular season by producing weekly and game-day written content for the team website and interviewing players and coaches throughout the week and following games

  • Introduced and curated a weekly feature called “Numbers That Matter,” an in-depth statistical preview of every regular-season matchup and how those stats may determine each game’s outcome

  • Edited a weekly feature, "Through My Eyes" in which I interviewed players and then used their quotes to compile a first-person story from their point of view

Yahoo Sports

June 2017-August 2018

Intern and contributor

Insightful and nuanced analysis and reporting across all sports on one of the most popular Internet destinations

  • Worked as an intern in Playa Vista, CA from June-September 2017, covering a variety of sports on a range of different levels: game stories, feature content, original reporting and statistical analysis

  • Following internship, continued work as a freelance writer covering both the NFL and fantasy football

  • Produced a weekly column evaluating NFL rookies that includes fantasy advice, updates and analysis for Yahoo’s fantasy football blog, Roto Arcade

  • Contributed game stories, analysis and live coverage for Yahoo’s NFL blog, Shutdown Corner

  • Also produced coverage for the PyeongChang Olympics and the NCAA Tournament

Sports Illustrated

March 2017 - June 2017

Intern reporter

The nation's most well-respected sports magazine and an ever-evolving online outlet 

  • Worked primarily as a fact checker and researcher for the magazine, helping ensure accuracy throughout the magazine for both long- and short-form stories

  • Published several pieces for SI.com covering mainly the NBA but also the NFL and college football

  • Conducted meticulous research to help with various special projects for both the magazine and online platforms.

  • Helped write and edit Sports Illustrated's 2017 Fantasy Football issue.

SB Nation: Inside Northwestern

September 2014 - March 2017

Editor-in-chief

Consistently one of SB Nation’s top college sites, and the most widely read student-published source for Northwestern sports

  • Ran day-to-day operations of the site, including producing organic story ideas, writing and editing, breaking news, managing social media accounts and helping younger writers

  • Appeared on the Big Ten Network (both online and on television), various ESPN radio shows and Northwestern News Network SportsNight live television show

  • Transformed small-market SB Nation blog into a consistent top-25 site on the SBN college network

  • Won 2015 SPJ Region 5 Mark of Excellence Award for Best Independent Online Student Publication

  • Produced compelling features, in-depth statistical and video analyses and insightful commentary

 

12up Sports

April 2016 - September 2016      

NFC East beat reporter and intern

Part of Minute Media, a website combining sports commentary with social commentary; a lively interactive platform for readers

  • Developed and produced own story ideas, with over 300,000 total reads on over 200 articles

  • Covered breaking news and produced longer, more in-depth analyses in an easy-to-read format

  • Closely monitored and analyzed the day-to-day events throughout the NFL offseason

 

WNUR Sports

September 2014 - June 2016

Broadcaster and staff writer

Northwestern’s student-run radio station, sponsor of Northwestern baseball, women's basketball and more

  • Broadcasted both play-by-play and color commentary of Northwestern athletics

  • Developed and broadcasted bi-weekly sports updates on WNUR news shows

  • Spearheaded weekly wrap-up podcasts of Northwestern basketball and a Big Ten Tournament podcast

  • Participated as a host and a special guest of “The Sports Voice,” a weekly Sunday night radio show

 

News Virginian

June 2013 - September 2015

Freelancer and staff sports writer

Newspaper covering events around the Waynesboro area and into Augusta County and Charlottesville

  • Published front-page feature that received nomination for Virginia Press Association award

  • Authored biweekly opinion columns that reached over 10,000 readers

  • Analyzed over 20 high school football teams to produce weekly game previews

  • Wrote front page feature on the Salvation Army’s job-training initiative Pathway of Hope

SKILLS, ACTIVITIES AND INTERESTS

  • Skills: HTML and some CSS, Microsoft Office Suite, Adobe Creative Cloud, Final Cut Express, Chorus, WordPress, NFL CMS, digital photography

  • Activities: Northwestern University tour guide, Phi Kappa Psi Fraternity scholarship committee

  • Interests: basketball, football, golf, soccer, American history, psychology, statistics, John Steinbeck

  • Conversant in Spanish

REFERENCES
 

J.A. Adande, Director of Sports Journalism at Northwestern University: ja.adande@northwestern.edu

Ben Swanson, managing editor for DenverBroncos.com: Ben.Swanson@broncos.nfl.net

Johnny Ludden, editor-in-chief for Yahoo Sports: ludden@oath.com

Henry Bushnell, feature writer for Yahoo! Sports: ​henrydbushnell@gmail.com

Josh Rosenblat, SEO editor for philly.com: joshua.m.rosenblat@gmail.com