Longtime New Orleans-area sports and news journalist Jim Derry has joined the NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune high school sports coverage team, NOLA Media Group announced Friday.
Derry will cover high school sports throughout the metro area, with a coverage emphasis on schools in St. Tammany Parish, where he has spent the past three years covering education and high school sports for both NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune and The Advocate. Eighteen of his 22 years of experience with The Times-Picayune have come in sports, with five years spent specifically on high school sports.
“I’m so excited to be back home working for NOLA.com and The Times-Picayune,” Derry said.
Joining Derry as a member of the full-time staff is Julie Boudwin, who has worked as a part-time producer for NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune over the past year. She slides into the role of full-time producer.
A native of Houma, Boudwin earned a degree from Nicholls State University in Mass Communications and previously worked in sports for WVUE Fox 8. She also served as reporter co-producer for “This Week in Nicholls Athletics,” which aired on CST.
“I’m excited. I’ve been with NOLA Media Group for about a year now, and I’ve enjoyed every second of it, ” Boudwin said. “Our entire prep team is top-notch, so just to be a part of it, it’s great.”
Derry, who was born in New Orleans and raised in Gretna, graduated from Archbishop Shaw High School in 1985 and attended both LSU (1985-86) and UNO (1986-93).
In addition to his Times-Picayune experience in prep sports and education, Derry has also covered the New Orleans VooDoo (during which he was named president of the Arena Football League Writers Association from 2004-10), served as assistant sports editor from 2001-2004, worked in front-page design from 2000-01, and covered various major events such as two Sugar Bowls, LSU’s national championship victory in 2008 and various Saints games.
Derry’s honors include being tabbed LSWA prep columnist of the year in 2004.
“We couldn’t have asked for two better hires,” said David Gladow, who heads NOLA Media Group’s High School Sports Network. “Jim brings a rare combination of experience and understanding of this market into our St. Tammany coverage, and Julie has continually risen to the occasion in a producer’s role throughout her tenure here. We expect great things from both of them.”
“I’m looking forward to shining a light on all the wonderful student-athletes on the north shore,” Derry added.