USA TODAY Sports Media Group Hires Acclaimed Golf Writer Geoff Shackelford – USA TODAY
Geoff Shackelford, considered one of the most influential multimedia journalists in golf, has been named Senior Writer for Golfweek. Golfweek was acquired by USA TODAY Sports Media Group in October 2016.
Shackelford’s critically acclaimed website, GeoffShackelford.com, covers the state of the game, players, organizations and course architecture. He will share his insights across golf coverage for Golfweek and across the USA TODAY NETWORK. Shackelford’s website will also be added to the USA Today Sports Media Group.
“We’re excited to add Geoff’s insight to Golfweek and to USA TODAY Sports Media Group,” said Gerry Ahern, Editor-in-Chief, USA TODAY Sports Media Group. “We feel our audience of golf fans will value the addition of his content on the USA TODAY NETWORK.”
“I’m thrilled by the opportunity to join the USA TODAY Sports Media Group and the incredible journalists at Golfweek who bring knowledge, passion and depth to their coverage,” said Shackelford. “The combination of their media assets, vision for the future and desire to bring serious golfers smart and engaging content is beyond exciting.”
Additionally, Geoff Shackelford, based in Los Angeles, is a weekly contributor to Golf Channel’s Morning Drive and Golf Central programs. He is also the co-host of the ShackHouse Podcast, which launched in 2016 as part of Bill Simmons’ enormously popular Ringer network and quickly became the top golf podcast on iTunes. Shackelford is also a course architect, having partnered with Gil Hanse on Rustic Canyon Golf Course in southern California, as well as renovations of Los Angeles Country Club’s North and South Courses. The club’s North Course will host the 2017 Walker Cup and the 2023 U.S. Open.
GeoffShackelford.com was initially created in March 2003 to monitor various subjects covered in the author’s books, including The Future of Golf. The blog became a partner website of GolfDigest.com in 2011 where Shackelford was also a contributing editor for Golf Digest and the now-defunct Golf World magazine.