Missouri Western State University, Convergent Journalism                                     

Saint Joseph, MO — Graduation: May, 2020                                


KFEQ/JoeTown 107.5 Radio

Play-by-play/Color Commentator — August 2019 – December 2019

  • Called high school football games with sports director Dave Riggert.

  • Interviewed players and coaches at halftime and after games/on Riggert’s morning show.

  • Helped set up equipment before games and cleaned up afterwards.

Griffon Athletics — Missouri Western — Intern – January 2019 — May 2020

  • Did play-by-play for Griffon softball, baseball and soccer.

  • Set up cameras and mics for events.

  • Produced video packages for Ryan Menley.

News-Press Now — St. Joseph, MO

Sports Reporter/Clerk: December 2017 – August 2018, January 2019 – Present 

  • Covers various high school sports.

  • Designs box score page on a regular basis.

  • Shoots video and pictures for both newspaper and TV broadcast. 

Sports Editor/Managing-Copy Editor — Griffons News — August 2017 – May 2020

  • Designed at least two pages using Adobe InDesign with one page winning two first-place awards for best sports page and special section at the Missouri State Media Convention in 2018.

  • Managed a team of reporters, assigning and editing their stories. 

  • Copy edit each desk’s list of stories, as well as each page and online story. 


  • Won best sports column, sports page and special section at Missouri State Media Association Convention – Spring 2018.

  • Won honorable mention for sports column at Missouri State Media Association Convention — Spring 2019.

  • Won second place in sports package category for the Society of Collegiate Journalists — Spring 2020.                      


  • Adobe products such as Premiere, InDesign, Audition, Photoshop and After Effects.

  • On-air experience.

  • Broadcast, newspaper, online and writing. 

  • Videography and photography.

  • Google Suites (Docs, Sheets, Slides).

  • Quick learner.

  • Team management.

  • Improvisation.

  • Quick communication.



Ryan Menley; Griffon Sports Insider Executive Producer, Video and Digital Media


Dave Riggert; KFEQ Radio Sports Director 


Brandon Zenner; News-Press NOW Sports Director 


Dr. Robert Bergland; Northwest Missouri State Journalism Professor

Numbers available upon request.

Hello and welcome potential employers,

An application during these trying times must seem very strange when most of the country is on a hiring freeze, but I believe any application is worth it. I believe the world will unfreeze, and sports will come back to life once more soon enough. I'm optimistic like that. When that time comes, I want to bring my passion and energy to your booths, sidelines, you name it in order and excite fans all over the state. It doesn’t matter what team or sport it is, because I’ll bring my best for the love of the game. One of the best feelings I remember as a kid is when I fell in love with sports. What hooked me was the chills I still get after every Mitch Holthus touchdown call for the Kansas City Chiefs. This is what I want to do for you. I have 25 live games under my belt and a handful of live, remote shows for 680 KFEQ Radio, the Fort Hays Tigers Sports Network and the MIAA Network. As for outside of broadcasting, I’m not just a one-trick pony. I’m young, but I have experience, which I believe makes for a good two-for-one special. I have won multiple awards for my work and pride myself on being able to tell a story in every format possible. Whether it's an 11-minute long documentary — which received best in my senior class in a course that doesn't see too many A's — or the thousand words a single photo can tell, I love to tell stories. I graduate in May and will do so with honors. I’m in a weird spot right now, as we all are with this COVID-19 pandemic. Due to this, I’m in the real world a little bit earlier than expected, but that’s fine by me. I'm sports and features savvy, quick witted and will never give up. I have failed before, but I believe that was my best teacher, as that helped me learn. I believe I'm a well rounded, Swiss-army knife type of creative that can produce the best content. My email is if you have any questions, which I hope you do.


Derek Zimmerman-Guyer

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