Joey Kaufman is a staff writer at The Columbus Dispatch, where he covers the Ohio State football team. He joined the newspaper in April 2019.
Kaufman previously covered USC football, men’s basketball and the rest of the athletic department for the Orange County Register and 10 other daily newspapers within the Southern California News Group.
His work as the beat writer included features, enterprise stories, analysis and game coverage of the Trojans. He won a Los Angeles Press Club Award in 2017 and Orange County Press Club Award in 2016 for feature stories.
His writing has also been recognized by the Associated Press Sports Editors and Football Writers Association of America.
First joining the Register in 2015, Kaufman reported on college sports, beginning with one year on UCLA, along with additional assignments such as the College Football Playoff, Rose Bowl and NCAA men’s basketball tournament. He has also covered Major League Baseball.
Previously, he was a reporter at the Northwest Herald in Crystal Lake, Ill., where he covered local sports in the northwest suburbs of Chicago. Kaufman focused primarily on projects and the examination of public records that explored issues involving concussions in youth football, the realignment of high school athletic conferences and a lawsuit against the Illinois High School Association.
A native of Burbank, Calif., Kaufman received a B.A. in Print and Digital Journalism and Religion from USC in 2013.