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Welcoming Joe Smeltzer to Nittany Sports Now

Photo by Cory Giger: An empty Beaver Stadium on senior day

Nittany Sports Now is happy to announce the addition of Joe Smeltzer to our Penn State athletics coverage team. Joe will primarily focus his efforts on the Penn State football team, while also helping with men’s basketball and other coverage as needed.

Joe graduated from Waynesburg University with a degree in journalism in 2020. While at Waynesburg, Joe was the Sports Web Editor for the school’s student newspaper, the Yellow Jacket, and also contributed to the campus’s radio and TV stations as an on-air talent. Since graduation, Joe has worked as a stringer for the Observer-Reporter in Washington, PA, a job which he started as a senior in college.

For the Observer-Reporter, he’s covered high school football, basketball, baseball, softball, soccer, track, volleyball and wrestling. Joe has also covered Washington Wild Things baseball games and small college football and basketball games for the paper.

In August of 2021, Joe began contributing for the History Channel, where he has written articles about historical sporting events.

In his spare time, Joe enjoys watching and following sports. His favorite movie, depending on the mood, is either Goodfellas, The Shawshank Redemption or Rocky. Joe is also able to name any World Series or Super Bowl winner.

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