Ranger welcomes new sports reporter

Thursday, November 8, 2018

Zach Tunnell

The Ranger-Review has welcomed a new member to the team, finally filling the long vacant sports writer desk. While there have been out-of-office sports writers, Zach Tunnell has become the first in-house sports writer for the Ranger in about two years. Tunnell will cover general news beats as well.

Tunnell, 24, spent much of his early years moving from one place to another all around the state. While he graduated from high school in Savage, it’d be easier to say that Montana is his home, rather than trying to narrow it down to one community.

“Lived in Montana my entire life. Everywhere from Miles City to Missoula, Corvallis, Glendive, Sidney, Savage, Belgrade,” Tunnell said.

After high school, Tunnell spent much of his time living in the western part of the state, working on his grandparents’ farm. He also did a stint writing for The Runner Sports, a sportsrelated online news publication. Becase this was an athome job, so Tunnell didn’t have to relocate out of state. He mostly covered Pack 12 Men’s Basketball.

He also noted that he worked several “odd jobs” at various times.

After some time though, Tunnell began to realize that living in Western Montana was a bit tough, as the cost of living was relatively higher than it is in the east. So, he packed up and headed eastward.

First arriving in Glendive, Tunnell spent some time playing basketball for Dawson Community College before realizing that he probably wasn’t going to make a career out of it any time soon.

“I went and played college basketball last year at Dawson (Community College), and after my body told me that wasn’t going to work out, I tried thinking about what talents I had,” Tunnell said.

This is when, Tunnell said, he decided to try and combine his love of sports and talents for writing, and it just so happens that the Ranger was hiring.

Since coming into the Ranger office, Tunnell said he has enjoyed his time. He said that his favorite aspects of the job have been getting to engage with the community and breakdown some of the major events that tend to happen in the realm of local sports.

“I enjoy being able to communicate with the community and being able to give my outlook on what’s going on,” Tunnel said. “It’s pretty exciting to me.”

Outside of the office, Tunnell likes to spend his spare time still playing and watching basketball, but he also said he enjoys hunting, squirrels in particular, as well watching movies and generally relaxing.

Contact Hunter Herbaugh at rrreporter@rangerreview.com .