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Bellamy selected to lead R-G staff.

Byline: BOB CLARK The Register-Guard

Ron Bellamy, for the past 15 years the sports columnist for The Register-Guard, has been named as the newspaper's sports editor.

"I couldn't be happier that Ron has decided to take on such an important role at this newspaper," Register-Guard managing editor Dave Baker said. "Ron has always been dedicated to quality journalism and sports coverage, and he's excited about the opportunity to apply all of his skills and talents as the new leader of the sports team.

"We had thought briefly about doing a national search for a new sports editor. But when Ron expressed interest in the job, the search ended right there. He's an incredibly talented journalist and writer who could probably work for just about any newspaper he wanted to. We're fortunate that he wants to stay right here."

Bellamy will continue to regularly write a column, in addition to his new duties of providing overall direction for a department currently made up of 11 full-time employees and nine part-time workers.

The 53-year-old Bellamy replaces John Conrad, who died Sept. 3 of complications from a stroke suffered two days earlier. Conrad had been sports editor of The Register-Guard for 18 years.

"This has been a very sad, difficult month, for John's family, but also for this newspaper and for this sports department," Bellamy said. "We all wish John were still with us. We miss him terribly.

"I might have his title now, but there's no replacing John Conrad. However, I know that the reporters and copy editors in this department are committed to continuing to produce the very best sports section that we can, with The Register-Guard's traditional emphasis on local news, and I know that we will work very hard to do so.

"We won't let down our readers, or John's legacy."

Bellamy has won a variety of writing awards in the annual Oregon Newspaper Publishers Association contest. In 1993, he received the Jesse Abramson Award from the Track & Field Writers of America for excellence in writing about that sport. In 1998, he was voted Oregon's sportswriter of the year by his peers.

"Being a sports columnist is simply my professional dream come true," Bellamy said. "My commitment is to continue to write my column in addition to my role as sports editor."

Born in Montreal, and reared in San Mateo, Calif., Bellamy was a 1971 graduate of the University of California, and later earned a master's degree in journalism at the University of Oregon. He began his journalism career as a copy boy with the San Francisco Chronicle, then worked as a sports reporter for The Sacramento Union from 1972-74.

In 1975, Bellamy joined The Register-Guard as a part-time news reporter, and was promoted to full-time status in 1976. He covered a variety of news beats - the city of Springfield, health care, business and labor - and served two years as an assistant city editor.

In 1984, Bellamy moved to The Register-Guard's sports department, covering Oregon men's basketball and the UO women's track and field team, as well as high school sports. He became the newspaper's columnist in August of 1987, writing four columns a week and covering the ascendancy of the Oregon football and basketball programs, as well as the U.S. Olympic Track & Field Trials in 1992 and 2000 and other major events with local implications.

Bellamy is married to Cathie Twomey Bellamy, a former elite runner who is the head cross country coach and co-head track and field coach at Marist High School, and who coaches adult runners through her Eugene Running Club. The couple have two sons, Michael, 12, and David, 7.

Bellamy's oldest son, Jason, 25, is a graduate of Washington State University and works as the Internet coordinator for the Green Bay Packers.
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Title Annotation:Sports editor: Veteran journalist will continue writing column.; Sports
Publication:The Register-Guard (Eugene, OR)
Date:Oct 9, 2002
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