Pensacola native D.C. Reeves started his career in sports as a clerk at age sixteen, punching stats and covering the occasional high school game. In June, Reeves joined Blab TV as the inaugural Sports Director for the local TV network.
Sports were an obvious choice for Reeves. “Watch sports and get paid for it? Easy decision from the get-go,” he laughed. In 2002, Reeves came to Florida State to pursue a double major in Communication and Sport Management. Along the way, professors like Mark Zeigler and Davis Houck left impressions on the rising sports professional.
“Zeigler was a great influence and guide for me in the program. Years after, he still checks in,” said Reeves. “Discussion in Houck’s class really stands out to me as something I enjoyed. But the class wasn’t easy.”
Reeves’ classmate and future wife, Shannon Barney (BS ’07), helped him survive Houck’s challenging course. After graduation in 2007, the couple married and recently welcomed a daughter, Caroline, in 2014.
Reeves served as Editor in Chief at FSView & Florida Flambeau and regularly contributed to the St. Petersburg Times’ collegiate sports coverage. Internships with the Cape Cod Times and MLB.com set the stage for a career in sports communication.
Pensacola News Journal proved a great start to Reeves’ career. Over four years Reeves covered prep football, college sports and Pensacola’s golf beat. Hundreds of bylines later, Reeves accepted a position as Managing Editor for Warchant.com. Reeves worked to bolster Warchant into a leader in Florida State sports news over his two years with the site. In 2013, Reeves joined The Tuscaloosa News as a sports writer and managing editor of TideSports.com, the newspaper’s web site dedicated to covering Alabama football.
Florida State laid a foundation for the sports junkie’s career. A unique education from the School of Communication and the College of Education gave Reeves the start to a career fueled by passion.
“The ability to learn my craft with a major Division I-A program that garners national attention was vital in my growth and exposure as a writer,” said Reeves.
Eight years out, Reeves looks back on his career thus far and sees a future innovative sports products in his future.
Blab TV reaches the Florida Panhandle and southern Alabama, bringing local news with a personal flair. The station will debut a sports department in Fall, bringing a mixture of original and syndicated content to it’s market of 500,000+ homes from Mobile, AR to Destin, FL.