Joe Vardon just started covering the most important man in Ohio. No, not the governor — that was his old gig.
On Sept. 17, Vardon officially began reporting on LeBron James for the Northeast Ohio Media Group, leaving his previous job covering Ohio Gov. John Kasich for The Columbus Dispatch.
On Wednesday, he closed the sale of his old house in the suburbs of Columbus. On Friday, he plans to finalize the purchase of a new home outside of Cleveland. Sunday, the Cavaliers play their first pre-season game. And on Tuesday, James — and Vardon — are flying to Brazil for the Cleveland Cavaliers’ preseason matchup against the Miami Heat.
Fortunately Vardon is used to life on the road, having driven up and down the state repeatedly during the last few years to cover politics. In fact, long hours and travel is one of many similarities between covering Ohio’s governor and reporting on its king. Read more