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Hunter Atkins is an author, news reporter, and creative director from Houston who has won awards for his work.

Recent projects in journalism:

Atkins has been a journalist for more than ten years. He has written for top publications like National Geographic, the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, Forbes, Newsday, the Men’s Journal, and Popular Science. He has written about various domestic issues, such as racism and gun violence, school shootings, poverty in the inner city, and diversity in college sports coaching. He has written about fashion and hospitality and has done profiles of famous people and leaders in many fields. He has also written about things like the epidemic in South Africa and the running of the bulls in Pamplona, Spain, for international news outlets.

He is known for writing about sports business for the Houston Chronicle. He wrote more than 1,000 stories for that magazine. The 2017 and 2019 Astros World Series, many Rockets playoff series, the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) Junior Olympics, the Bass Master Championship, six Chevron Houston Marathons, and Super Bowl LI were some of the things that were talked about.

His work has been published in “The Best American Sports Writing 2018” and “The Best American Sports Writing 2019.” He came in second in the 2018 Texas APME contest for sportswriter of the year. Atkins has also sold the movie rights to “The Coast Guard’s $1 Billion Drug War,” published in Men’s Journal in August 2016.

Atkins’s first job in journalism was as an intern at the Chicago Sun-Times during the summer before college. He worked as an intern for Newsday for a summer in college.

Hunter Atkins worked for the New York Times for more than four years as a sports reporter after he graduated from college. During some of that time, he also worked as a freelance writer for ESPN Magazine, Forbes, and other New York City-area publications. From 2016 to 2020, he wrote about sports for the Houston Chronicle. He is currently working on his own.

Crucial Skills:

As a journalist, Atkins shows that he has a lot of skills. He could use these skills in many different fields and jobs. Among them are:

The ability to bring people together
Excellent skills in writing and telling stories
Journalism talents
Branding during a crisis
Being able to meet deadlines
Team management
Non-profit management
Ability to make changes when needed
Making content


Atkins loves to go on trips and try new things. As a young adult, he worked as a journalist in South Africa for a few months. Some other things people have done abroad are:

A trip through Italy’s Accademia Gallery
In Spain, you can run with the bulls.
Going to a Formula One race in London
France’s catacombs are being looked through
Getting over dunes in Nicaragua
Going for a swim in the water around Thailand
Canoeing in the Mekong Delta in Vietnam
Cambodia’s jungle ruins are being looked at.
Going on safari in Tanzania

Atkins also likes to do other things, like play baseball for fun. He is also interested in farming, which brings back life. He takes care of “Cookie,” a miniature long-haired dachshund.

Early years:

Robert Atkins and Elizabeth Hayt had Atkins in New York City. Hayt was an art historian at the Museum of Modern Art and wrote about fashion for Vogue magazine (MOMA). Atkins was a well-known attorney who focused on court cases. Atkins has no siblings.

Hunter Atkins attended high school at Trevor Day School, a private school on Manhattan’s Upper East Side. At Trevor, he was in plays, played varsity sports, and worked as the school newspaper editor. He did well in school, too. He got 2140 on his SATs and passed the AP Physics test.

At 16, he started school at Brown University. He later tried to get into one of the best journalism schools in the country, the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University and was accepted. There, he got on the dean’s list ten times and worked on journalism projects, like spending a week with a paralyzed student and the winter with homeless crack addicts on Chicago streets. He was also one of only ten journalism school students who chose to go on a study abroad trip. In 2011, he got his summa cum laude with a 3.92 GPA.

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