Joey Kaufman covers the USC football team and athletic department for the Orange County Register, as well as 10 other daily newspapers that make up the Southern California News Group.
Kaufman’s work as the beat writer includes 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 features.
His writing has also been recognized by the Associated Press Sports Editors and Football Writers Association of America.
Since joining the Register in 2015, Kaufman has reported on college sports, beginning with one year on UCLA, along with 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.
Kaufman interned at the Register and the Columbus Dispatch, and his stories also appeared in Sports on Earth, among other publications.
A native of Burbank, Calif., Kaufman received a B.A. in Print and Digital Journalism and Religion from USC in 2013.