Former coffee server for Ali signs on with Tribune |

Former coffee server for Ali signs on with Tribune

A new sportswriter began covering local events for the Tahoe Daily Tribune this week.

Chad Sellmer, 32, originally from Indianapolis is an experienced newspaper reporter and creative writer for software. He is a 1992 graduate of Ball State University with a degree in journalism and American history.

He credits the history portion of his degree as the key to his success, allowing him to become the ultimate journeyman laborer.

“Most people follow jobs to new places,” he said. “I follow new places, and hope that I manage to find a job. Without a degree in history, I would never have had such wonderful opportunities. My best advice to young people would be to stay in school. Seriously. For as long as you possibly can.”

In addition to full-time stints at daily and weekly newspapers in Indiana, Michigan and the Bay Area, his software credits include creative writing on the Carmen Sandiego line of children’s games, and related work on popular titles like Myst, Riven, The Last Express, Mavis Beacon Teaches Typing and Printshop.

He was also a sports editor for a newspaper in the Florida Keys, where he sipped many a pina colada, drove a forklift for awhile and worked as a contributing editor to the Raleigh News & Observer and Tampa Tribune. He claims to have once served hot cocoa to Muhammad Ali in a Sausalito coffee shop, though he forgot and put whipped cream on it, even though the champ didn’t want any. He also taught English to kids in Ecuador and Peru.

Sellmer previously freelanced stories for the Tribune and worked for a struggling dot-com on the North Shore. He and his wife, Papuska, live in South Lake Tahoe.

“Papuska and I enjoy living in one of the most beautiful places on earth,” he said. “The recreational opportunities here seem limitless and the people are very friendly.”

When not contributing his efforts to traditional lines of work, Sellmer enjoys riding fresh powder; playing ultimate Frisbee with the local team, Thin Air,; and traveling the world. He often works on his own mysterious, late-night projects in a dark room in his home, emerging only at his wife’s insistence.

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