A Kewaunee native whose job at the Green Bay Press-Gazette was eliminated three months ago has returned with PrepsAgenda.com, which he describes as “a canvas to share my passion for high school sports through articles, podcasts, videos and photos.”
Andrew Pekarek is a former freelance sportswriter for Gannett Co. Inc.’s Kewaunee County Star-News who was hired as a full-time reporter in 2014, covering Northeastern Wisconsin’s thriving high school sports scene. He was one of several Wisconsin sports reporters who were let go in the company’s last round of cuts in May.
In addition to an introductory editorial, Pekarek posted a 48-minute podcast and three stories Monday: A feature story about versatile Luxemburg-Casco football player Austin Tlachac and previews of the Pulaski and Green Bay Southwest teams, with videos.
“After going through the gamut of emotions, I came to the conclusion that I’ve been extremely blessed. I got to spend the previous 10 years living out my childhood dream and meeting some amazing individuals along the way,” Pekarek wrote in his introduction. “I didn’t want that to end. What I decided to do next was get up, dust myself off and find the best avenue to keep the storytelling aspect that I love so much in my life.”
Pekarek is asking readers to support the endeavor via Patreon. The Preps Agenda site contains no paywall or limits but readers may contribute toward the effort with monthly online donations.
“Although I greatly appreciated being contacted about some job opportunities in neighboring states to stay in the media industry, I felt starting my own online endeavor was the best way for me to stay in the game so to speak,” Pekarek wrote.