I have no illusions that Scrabble is going to be the next poker or anything, but if I can be an ambassador whose words bring in a few other wandering souls, then that's pretty darn cool.
Words about words
Over the last twelve years, I've given many interviews on the subject of Scrabble. Many of them are pretty cookie cutter - I'm asked for some tips (learn the twos), if I have a good vocabulary (sure, but that was from the GREs, not Scrabble), if I'm a good speller (I'm not. check out the Portland Tribune article below if you don't believe me), and if I read the dictionary (no, I don't. I have the attention span of a very hyper child).
Nationally, I've been featured in/on CNN, ESPN, FiveThirtyEight, GAMES, HuffPost, NPR, People, Sports Illustrated, and USA Today amongst others. And apparently being a Scrabble champ earned me my own Wikipedia page.
But it's not the big names that matter to me. Rather, it's the interviewers and TV/radio personalities who want to dive deeper into quirky subcultures like mine who construct the most fun and enlightening stories. And that's why you'll see I've selected just as many random local articles below.
I have no illusions that Scrabble is going to be the next poker or anything, but if I can be the ambassador whose words bring in a few other wandering souls, then that's pretty darn cool.
My favorite Interviews
East Bay Times
A throwback to the second interview I ever gave. Fittingly, it was the day after I graduated high school, and I had just pulled an all-nighter.
A statistical take on my National Scrabble Championship victory and the dethroning of perpetual champion Nigel Richards.
A light-hearted interview on letters, intelligence, and bad words.
Wherein I lose to a former-Scrabbler-turned-journalist at National Scrabble Day in Midtown Manhattan.
A few of my Scrabble compatriots discuss our best/worst plays with the good folks at the New Yorker.
Oregon Public Broadcasting
Reflections on the competitive Scrabble subculture as it pertains to my Scrabble journey. Includes a 12-minute long radio interview that's worth a listen. My favorite interview I've ever given.
Playing a casual game over some hipster chai tea in SE Portland.
I hosted an IAmA (Ask Me Anything) on Reddit in 2012. It was fun.
One of the better quick accounts of my championship victory.