Columbus sports writer Rusty Miller will retire May 29 after 30 years with The Associated Press.
Miller, 61, has covered many big moments in Ohio sports, from the death of Woody Hayes in 1987 to the Ohio State Buckeyes’ national title win in January. He is also responsible for managing AP’s prep sports report in Ohio in addition to covering Ohio State sports, the NHL’s Columbus Blue Jackets, auto racing, golf and numerous other events.
Miller has reported on Ohio sports “with a consistent demeanor driven by a pride in writing for the wire and giving members the definite account of each event,’ regional sports editor Oskar Garcia said in announcing his retirement
Prior to joining AP in 1985 Miller worked as a sports writer at The Citizen Journal in Columbus, the Tiffin Advertiser-Tribune, Bucyrus Telegraph-Forum and York (Pa.) Daily Record. He holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Toledo.
“I’ll very much miss his attitude and quiet AP swagger that touches everything from his approach to the Stylebook to his natural reaction when stories break,” Garcia said. “He’s a classic team player and an easy winner if the state awarded a ‘Mr. Ohio sports journalism’ similar to its high school basketball awards, if members and colleagues had a say.”