Shannon Fagan, who has been the sports editor of the Cherokee County Herald for the past 12 1/2 years, recently joined the WEIS crew just in time for the 2020 high school football season. A 1995 graduate of Piedmont High School and 2000 graduate of Jacksonville State University, Fagan began writing for the Herald in February 2008. Prior to joining the Herald staff, Fagan had a four-year stint as prep sports writer for The Anniston Star.
Fagan says he’s excited to be a part of the WEIS Radio Team:
He’s also had a short stint working with The Gadsden Times’ sports department under Alabama Sports Hall of Fame member Jimmy Smothers. Like many of the players and coaches he’s covered during his tenure as The Herald’s sports writer, Fagan has been honored numerous time for his columns, features and game stories. In June 2014, Fagan received the Cherokee County Sports Hall of Fame’s Meritorious Service Award as well as the Alabama Sports Writers Association’s Bill Shelton Award. The Shelton Award, named for long time Cullman Times Sports Editor Bill Shelton, is given annually to an individual who goes above and beyond with service in sports journalism.
Fagan’s crowning career achievement came in June 2015 in Mobile when he earned the coveted Herby Kirby Memorial Award for his article entitled “A Starr at Cinderella’s Ball”, which told the story of Cerebral Palsy advocate and Centre native A.J. Starr receiving the “No Excuses” award in Washington. D.C. Fagan received another special honor in 2017 when he was chosen as the first recipient of the Baker-Dean Media Award.
The award, named after WEIS radio station manager Jerry Baker and Herald editor Terry Dean, is presented bi-annually to a member of Cherokee County’s local media who has demonstrated outstanding coverage to the community as well as having a minimum of five years of service.
Recently, Fagan earned runner-up in the Alabama Sports Writers Association’s annual writing contest in the Best Game Story for a non-daily newspaper category for his coverage of the Jacksonville State-Eastern Washington college football game last September.