Jo el Rouse (iowsports)
InOtherWordz Magazine was founded in June 2007 by Jo'el Steven Rouse, a graduate of Indiana University-Bloomington and former Houston Chronicle sports reporter. The concept for this magazine was spawned by the out of sight, out of mindedness of local media coverage that often overlooks the steady and often undocumented achievement of Greater Houston athletes -- former high school standouts -- now competing out of the area. Rouse earned his Bachelor's Degree from the IU Ernie Pyle School of Journalism in May 2001. He has worked for an abundance of the nation's top newspapers, magazines and news agencies including Sports Illustrated, the U.S. Olympic Committee, Seattle Post-Intelligencer, Beaumont Enterprise, Tacoma News Tribune, Times of Northwest Indiana, USA Track & Field national governing body and the suburban Chicago-based AP-STATS Bureau. Rouse is a 1999 graduate of the distinguished APSE Sports Journalism Institute and was honored with first & second-place awards for sports feature writing in 2002 by the Press Club of Southeast Texas. He also covered the 2002 International women's Gold Cup soccer tournament in Seattle for USA Today. In 2004, he assisted Sports Illustrated writer L. Jon Wertheim in the editing process for his book "Transition Game: How Hoosier Hoops Went Hip Hop." In addition, he's covered everything from high school sports to the WNBA, Indiana Hoosiers basketball, Washington Huskies football and the 2000 U.S. Olympic boxing team. He considers interviews with Joe Torre, Sugar Ray Leonard, Nate Robinson, Sheryl Swoopes, Juan Diaz, Vernon Maxwell, Kendrick Perkins and Cat Osterman among his most memorable.