TheSportsInformant.com staff consists of writers, photographers and a web designer collaborating their talents for what they believe is a worthwhile and beneficial community project.
Several of us have worked together in previous employment, and some of us began as friends and are sharing our talents for the future success of this website. All of us hope our professional experience and hard-working ethic can build a product we can be proud of and you can enjoy.
Patrick Ibarra, Founder/Editor
Patrick Ibarra has been a professional sports writer for six years. After graduating from Gonzaga University in Spokane, Wash. in 2003, Patrick took a job as a sports journalist for Folsom Life Newspaper in Folsom, Calif. He eventually became the newspaper’s sports editor, which later also led to him claiming the sports editor position for Village Life Newspaper in El Dorado Hills, Calif. and Cameron Park Life Newspaper in Cameron Park, Calif. In January of 2008, Patrick took over as sports editor of The Sacramento Union Newspaper until the paper shut down in March of 2009. Patrick, a former three-sport athlete in high school, has based his life’s work around sports, even becoming a local basketball coach the past three years. He hopes to continue that run with TheSportsInformant.com.
Justin Jones, Web Developer
Justin Jones started designing logos with Adobe Illustrator at the age of 12. He loves design, the community nature of the web and social networking. Justin specializes in (X)HTML/CSS with an emphasis on standards compliant coding. He has worked with clients the likes of T-Pain of NappyBoy Records, Paul Oakenfold and the band Daughtry (featuring “American Idol’s” Chris Daughtry). Justin wants to make huge contributions to new process and thought, hopefully being able to teach the next great web designers the tools of the trade. He’s had so many people be positive influences in learning design, he wants to be able to pass that on. For more about Justin and his work, visit www.jstnjns.com.
Greg Ashman, Photographer
Greg Ashman started doing sports photography in 2007. He enjoys shooting sports because he gets to travel and photograph some of the best athletes in the world. Having played basketball and football in high school, sports photography allows him to stay connected with the sporting world and continue to enjoy sports up close and personal. In the short time that Greg has been a professional photographer, he has had photos published in major magazines such as Sports Illustrated, ESPN The Magazine and the Sporting News. Greg’s favorite assignment so far as a photographer was shooting Ohio State vs. Texas in the 2009 Tostitos Fiesta Bowl. Greg’s career goals in the photography industry are to become a staff photographer for a major magazine or wire service and also to be a team photographer for an NBA team. For more on Greg, visit his website at www.gaphotos.exposuremanager.com.
Kurt Garcia, Photographer
Kurt Garcia has been a freelance photographer in the Sacramento area since 2005. His most recent work included assignments for the Sacramento Union. He has professionally covered The Save Mart 250 (NASCAR) and Indy Grand Prix of Sonoma at Infineon Raceway. He was also responsible for professionally covering the four-time PCL champion Sacramento River Cats. Other assignments included community charity events. Kurt’s hard work and passion for photography emanates through his work. He really enjoys capturing the moment and his biggest joy is seeing the delighted look on clients’ faces. You can find his latest work on his website at www.garciaimages.com.
Tom Paniagua, Photographer
Tom Paniagua was born and raised in Sacramento and moved to Folsom some 30 years ago. He found his calling in life at the age of 12, when he got his first camera – a Kodak Brownie. He knew from that time on that he would be a professional photographer. Since that beginning some decades ago, Tom’s photography has been seen in regional newspapers and magazines, including “The Sacramento Union,” “East Sacramento News,” “Land Park News,” “The Folsom Telegraph,” “Folsom Life,” “Sacramento Magazine” and “Folsom-El Dorado Style.” His art photography has won numerous awards and is seen in local galleries. He is a past president of the El Dorado Camera Club, and is the official photographer for the Folsom Fire Department, the Folsom Lake Symphony Orchestra and numerous other organizations. Favorite subjects include sports, nature, individual and family portraits and animals. Often, he combines subjects. Many Folsom area families have Tom take their portraits in the beautiful settings that can be found around Folsom Lake and Lake Natoma. Tom is available for individual, nonprofit and business groups. Call him to discuss your portrait or event needs at (916) 990-5754. Visit Tom’s website for more at http://abetterimage.org/.