This is the third in a series of regular posts introducing you to the journalists who report the news.
Call him the Wordsmith of Boom.
Bob Condotta, a Seahawks beat reporter, has written more than 600 stories so far this year. In the newsroom, his endurance and productivity are legend; right now he’s on a pace to contribute nearly 1,000 stories in 2017.
On a typical day, Condotta generates multiple headlines about team practices, games, roster moves, injuries, locker-room scuttlebutt and the players’ off-field activities and challenges. Recently, between mad bouts of keyboarding, he found time to talk about his sportswriting career — the past 15 years of which he’s spent at The Seattle Times.
Q: Where are you from and how did you get your start in newspapering?
A: I grew up in the Tri-Cities, Richland, and my dad loved newspapers. We always had three or four coming into the house — The Oregonian, The Spokesman-Review, The Tri-City Herald, The Wall Street Journal. So as a little kid — 7, 8 years old — I started writing. …Eventually I went to WSU and was editor of the student paper my senior year.
I went to Seahawks and Mariners games the first year they existed; over the years, they had some really bad seasons. I have to say, now, it’s been really cool to sort of be with the Seahawks during what will probably go down as the most successful era for any pro sports team in Seattle history.
Q: Your byline often appears four, five, six times a day. That’s way more than a typical reporter. How do you do it?
A: It’s really not that hard during football season because a lot happens. The team makes a lot of player moves and so on. You go in every day with an idea of something, but inevitably two other things happen. And then you break that all into several stories.
Q: Are there Seahawks team members that you particularly enjoy interviewing?
A: Michael Bennett for sure. He’s got interesting views about football, and also interesting thoughts about the world and about politics, and he’s not afraid to share them. He also wears his heart on his sleeve. He doesn’t always like what we write, but he does keep us on our toes. A lot of football players stick to the script, but he’s not one of those. This is one of the team’s most interesting eras, personality wise, between Michael Bennett, Richard Sherman, Doug Baldwin and others.
Q: Can you share any tricks of the trade?
A: I type fast, I guess. I took typing as a sophomore at Issaquah High School and it’s probably the most worthwhile thing I did in school. I’m serious about that.
NOTABLE WORKS BY BOB CONDOTTA
With Earl Thomas and Kam Chancellor getting injured in 2016, the Legion of Boom wasn’t at its best … Now, all the key elements are back in place. (Sept. 5, 2017)
Who would you choose if you constructed the best possible roster out of every player who’s ever suited up for the Seahawks? Here are Bob Condotta’s picks. (Aug. 25, 2017)
Seahawks’ Michael Bennett alleges excessive force, racial profiling by Las Vegas police, who say race was not a factor
Seahawks defensive lineman Michael Bennett said he was assaulted by Las Vegas police and is considering filing a federal civil-rights lawsuit. (Sept. 6, 2017)
Tracing the path of Seahawks rookie preseason star running back Chris Carson from his youth in Georgia to Seattle’s backfield. (Aug. 27, 2017)
Why was Kasen Williams waived? And are any more roster moves coming? That and more addressed in a roster cutdown Q-and-A. (Sept. 3, 2017)
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