200 E. Las Olas Blvd
Fort Lauderdale, FL
Nick Sortal
Reporter, Sr
My Role

Feature writer covering gambling, fitness and human interest stories. Also a blogger at Sun-Sentinel.com/action.
My Biography

2007-Present: Feature writer, producing stories for Lifestyle, 1A, Local and Showtime sections. I also have daily gambling blog, Sun-Sentinel.com/action.

1985- 2007: Seven years as recreation reporter, writing fitness and rec stories for Community News sections, Lifestyle, Local and 1A. Three years Sun-Sentinel assistant sports editor for high schools and community news, three as Outlook designer, and nine years as a copy editor, photo editor and designer for features, sports and community news desks.

1980-1985: St. Louis Globe-Democrat, The Southern Illinoisan (Carbondale, Ill.), Indianapolis News, Owensboro Messenger-Inquirer, Fleishman-Hilliard, Inc. (St. Louis).

Awards and honors Named a Sports Ethics Fellow by Positive Coaching Alliance in 2009; Published in Chicken Soup for the Soul: People Helping People, 2008; Florida Recreation and Park Association General Excellence Award, 2006; Honorable Mention, National Feature Writing, 2007;

Second place, feature writing, Florida Press Club, 2010;

Third place, feature writing, Florida Press Club, 2005;

Speaker, National Writers’ Workshop, 2005; Sun-Sentinel Pettijohn (career achievement) runner-up, 2003.

Education Graduated with high honors in news-editorial journalism, advertising and mathematics, Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, 1980. Also a minor in music.

My Interests

Author, Basketball Tip-Ins: 100 Drills and Tips for Young Players, published in 2000 by McGraw-Hill;

TV host, Comcast SportsTalk, 1994-2000. Local cable sports show;

Assistant basketball coach, Cardinal Gibbons High and St. Thomas Aquinas High, 1990-2010; current assistant at American Heritage Plantation;

Three-time finisher, Miami Man Half-Ironman Triathlon, (1.2 mile swim, 56 bike, 13.1 run); I also mentor young writers, speak several times a year to high school writers about narrative journalism and how to generate story ideas.

Personal: We have three children, one in the workforce, one in college and one in middle school. I am also the smartest Sortal in the family, because I am married to Robyn Sortal. What the hell she was thinking, I'll never know.