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Chapel Fowler

Sports Journalist: The Daily Tar Heel, The Virginian-Pilot and Daily Press, The Charlotte Observer

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Thanks for checking out my work. I'm a senior journalism major at UNC-Chapel Hill, and I've won state and national awards for my sportswriting over the last three years.

This summer, I interned at The Virginian-Pilot and Daily Press, two recently merged media companies in Hampton Roads that make up the largest daily newspaper in Virginia. I spent the summer of 2018 at The Charlotte Observer, North Carolina's largest daily paper.

I'm also entering my fourth year at the Daily Tar Heel, UNC's independent student newspaper. At the DTH, I've worked a staff writer, sports editor and senior writer. This fall, in my second year as a senior writer, I'll focus primarily on men's basketball, football and features.

I'm a 2018 Jim Murray Scholar, and my work has also been recognized by the North Carolina College Media Association, including a first-place selection last year.

In the clips below, I hope you can get a sense of my writing style. I've picked out a variety of stories from each publication I've worked at, including game stories, sidebars and features.


The Virginian-Pilot and Daily Press (Summer 2019)

The Virginian-Pilot/Daily Press
'Ahead of her time' at W&M, coach Jill Ellis eyes another Women's World Cup title

WILLIAMSBURG — Marsha Lycan, an assistant coach on the William & Mary women's soccer team, just finished a new project. It's part decoration, part history lesson. In her office, Lycan has meticulously printed and pasted the composite shots of every Tribe women's soccer team on two open walls.

The Virginian-Pilot/Daily Press
'Among their own': Children with amputations inspired at USA Patriots softball camp

VIRGINIA BEACH — If you ask the USA Patriots about the reasoning behind their Kids Camp, they'll talk about representation. From executive director to assistant coach to player, everyone has a story about how their charity team of amputee military members, which travels the country playing softball against able-bodied teams, has impacted the lives of children who also have amputations or loss of limbs.

The Daily Tar Heel (2016 to present)

The Daily Tar Heel
Why NBA players Harrison Barnes and Marvin Williams spoke out against Silent Sam

CHARLOTTE — When Harrison Barnes visited Chapel Hill late in the summer, a few months before he began his seventh NBA season, he described his former campus as “crazy." It had been around a week since Aug. 20, when protesters pulled down UNC’s Silent Sam statue the night before classes began.

The Daily Tar Heel
'Surreal': After years of struggle, UNC's Hunter Sigmund is unashamedly himself

On the third floor of the UNC Student Stores and to the right of the escalator, there are six small, coffee-brown tables. They sit neatly in a line, up against a wall of massive floor-to-ceiling windows. It’s an intimate view of the heart of campus — the dining hall, the Pit, two libraries, constant foot traffic. This place, right here, is Hunter Sigmund’s spot.

The Daily Tar Heel
Selfless 8-year-old Yash Krishnan 'signs' with UNC cross country

Everything was ready for Yash Krishnan. The table was set. A folded piece of card stock displayed Krishnan's name. A white cap with a Team IMPACT logo sat next to it. An unsigned contract that would make him an honorary member of North Carolina's cross country team lay on the table.

The Charlotte Observer (Summer 2018)

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