About Chris Hobbs (updated)
Catawba County native longest-serving active
writer in state still focused on high schools
Chris Hobbs — whose family moved from Mooresville to Catawba County in 1964 — is an award-winning sports journalist best known for his coverage of high school athletics, primarily focused in Western North Carolina.
About to enter his 45th consecutive year covering local sports when they resume, Hobbs, 62, is the longest-tenured currently active sports writer in the state and has for many years been the dean of those writers working in Western N.C.
He worked for five newspapers – The Hickory Daily Record (twice), The Lenoir News-Topic, The Gaston Gazette, The Charlotte Observer and The Salisbury Post – in a career spanning nearly 42 years. He’s written and reported on high school sports in North Carolina in six different decades (70s, 80s, 90s, 2000s, 2010s and 2020), and continues that.
He was a staff sportswriter at The Record (five years) and The Charlotte Observer (just shy of 14 years), assistant sports editor at The Gaston Gazette and Sports Editor at the News-Topic (at age 21) and at The Salisbury Post before returning to The Record as sports editor in 1997.
Hobbs was sports editor in Hickory for 19 years and then an assistant editor who also continued to supervise the sports department before being a “reduction in force” in February 2017 after nearly 20 years there. He launched HobbsDailyReport.com on April 1, 2017 and the site has attracted more than 700,000 page views as of mid-March of 2020.
His career in sports includes coverage of NASCAR racing, college basketball (Davidson beat writer for five seasons), a Super Bowl, an NCAA Final Four, multiple NCAA basketball and football games and ACC basketball tournaments, major league and minor league baseball and feature writing on subjects such as Dale Jarrett for national magazines. He also developed a state Top 100 recruiting football list for many years for several national publications and was a North Carolina contact for high schools for — among other publications — USA Today and many high school-related national internet sites.
Hobbs is one of the few national journalists listed for his contributions to the National High School Record Book, and several of his innovative approaches to covering high schools — developing career coaching records for coaches among them — have become the norm among North Carolina media since he began that in the mid-1980s.
A stickler for accuracy and information that provides context for sports accomplishments, Hobbs has some of the most extensive record-keeping for high schools in the Piedmont North Carolina that includes more than 200 bound notebooks in his home office that chronicle the history of many high schools in the region (up to complete football history and scores, etc, on many schools) for the past 40-plus years.
During his career, Hobbs has received these local and state honors:
- The North Carolina High School Athletic Association (NCHSAA) Media Person of the Year in 1992.
- Media representative who contributed the most to Region 6 in 1996, an award annually presented by the NCHSAA, the N.C. Athletic Directors Association (NCADA) and the N.C. Coaches Association (NCCA).
- A Distinguished Service Award from the NCHSAA in 1999 for his contributions to high school athletics statewide.
- Media Person of the Year from The N.C. Baseball Coaches Association (NCBCA).
- First place for sports columns for newspapers with circulations of 15,000-34,999 by the North Carolina Press Association (NCPA) in 2002.
- By the NCPA for producing one of the state’s top three sports sections (same circulation category) eight times over an 11-year period, including a No. 1 in the state for papers of that size in 2005.
Hobbs and his wife, Myra have a home in Denver, N.C., but are in the process of returning to the home in Newton that Chris grew up in so that Chris and Myra can provide home health care for Chris’ 89-year-old mom.
Our small family includes four — our black cat (Sweetie), Silver Boy (full-blooded chihuahua) and mom’s love birds Snow White and Blue Boy… and we all miss our siamese cat Sassy, who passed recently at the age of 23 and our beloved cairn terrier (Sneaky), who went missing in November.
We also have many family members — including Myra’s parents and siblings and two nieces — in Myra’s native Philippines, and we hope in years to come to also build a house there so that we can visit family there for several months of each year.
You can contact Chris, editor and content coordinator for the website, at email@example.com.