James Pence has joined The Madison Courier’s news staff as a sports reporter.

Pence grew up in Edinburgh. He is a 2004 graduate of Southwestern (Shelbyville) High School. He graduated from Ball State University with a degree in meteorology.

Weather has been a passion for Pence since graduating from high school. He is a certified storm spotter and has also traveled across the country chasing storms. 

“Sports and weather have been around me most of my life,” Pence said. “I’m grateful to be taking the next step in my sports career with The Madison Courier. I look forward to meeting all the players, coaches, athletic directors, and parents. I hope everyone will enjoy reading my stories as much as I like telling them.”

Before joining The Courier, Pence worked for four years as a freelance sports writer with the Republic newspaper in Columbus. He also worked as an on-air meteorologist at WILX in Lansing, Mich. While in college, he worked as a weather intern for Kevin Gregory at WRTV and Brian Wilkes at WXIN in Indianapolis. He also was the meteorologist for Ball State’s nightly newscast “NewsWatch Indiana.”

“We welcome James to The Courier and to Madison,” said Courier Editor Elliot Tompkin. “He and Sports Editor Mark Campbell will work to provide excellent local sports coverage. And, it’s good to have an expert on staff with all the weather challenges we face in the Ohio River Valley.”