TAYLOR COUNTY—The Mountain Statesman would like to formally introduce Dustin Haney as the newest staff member, coming on and fulfilling the first steps of a dream in covering sports as the Regional Sports Editor.
Haney is a Buckhannon native and a graduate of Buckhannon-Upshur High School (B-UHS) Class of 2014. It was there, that he learned that covering sports would be his true calling.
“I would wake up early to watch SportsCenter before school, I’d catch the debate shows in the evenings and that’s something I really enjoyed,” said Haney.
While a student at B-UHS Haney would travel with the basketball team and keep stats, learning information and picking the coaches brains were key in the development of understanding the relationships you develop in the locker room and how to maintain them.
“I view that as important, you have to value the relationship with players and coaches in this role and I hold that to a high degree,” stated Haney.
Haney continued his higher education at Full Sail University where he completed his graduate certificate in the Media Communications Program and is currently pursuing his bachelor’s degree in Business Administration at Southern New Hampshire University. Haney worked with Walmart previously in various roles but was ready to make the transition to his new career path in covering sports.
“I dreamed of doing this for years, I’ve spent a lot of time prepping myself for this role and I’m ready to make the most of it. I’d like to one day cover a professional team as a beat writer,” said Haney, who highlights several role models that have helped mold and structure his work ethic. “Colin Cowherd was my biggest influence, watching his show and relating to his style was crucial, he gives a lot of life advice through his sports takes and I find that inspirational, Zach Lowe is another figure that I’ve modeled myself after.”
Haney’s favorite team is the Baltimore Ravens. He follows the team through every aspect of social media, news and watching the games, as he travels to Baltimore to catch a game at least once every season.
Family and friends are a high priority with Haney. His mom, grandma, siblings and cousins were highlighted as a big part of his life. “I share a lot of great relationships with my family, my uncle Eddie is someone I’ve looked up to a lot over the years, we share a common bond with our love of sports.”
Haney spent time with Buckhannon’s Channel 3, working for Rodney Irvin. It was there he learned valuable skills in media, as he streamed the Buckhannon City Council meetings and interviewed multiple mayors. “Rodney has been a huge influence. He taught me a lot and held me to a high standard, putting in the work was crucial,” stated Haney.
Haney is ready to get to work and be a contributor in dual county coverage of local sports.
Those wishing to contact Haney with sports information may do so by emailing [email protected]