About The Bench

Here we are.

After all these years, I’ve decided I still have a few things to say.

For those that don’t know me well, let me introduce myself. My name is Tim Allen, and no, I know very little about improving my home.

I’m a former journalist who spent most of my time at local sports venues in Ridgecrest, Calif and Anderson, Indiana covering everything from prep sports to bar room darts. I got started in the business at the ripe old age of 18, working small assignments around the Indian Wells Valley for Alan Hunt. He gave me my “big break” in the business and sent me on a 25-year-plus journey of writing.

Alan, I owe you … in both a good and bad way.

While I loved covering my hometown for more than 5-1/2 years, it is also something of a curse to have opinions and a desire to publish them. And while I will likely spend a lot of time in this blog on sports, you can bet that from time to time I will channel my late father and go off on some rants related to items from the general news. I’m not a Democrat or a Republican, although I do register as one or the other simply for the privilege of voting.

And I might even toss in a few topics on faith now and again.

Yep, I plan to step on that many toes.

Regardless of the topic, I will aim to always hold true to shooting straight from the hip and call them as I see them. You may not agree with me, but I would hope you’d never leave this blog not knowing what I think.

And I think it might be appropriate to toss in a few credentials from my professional career…

  • In 2008 I was honored with the Beacon Award from the RMJ Foundation at the California-Nevada Credit Union Annual Convention for the creation of the Substitute Teaching Program. The program allowed credit union professionals to take nationally accredited curriculum into school as a substitute teacher, providing schools with free assistance and educating secondary students on financial literacy and identity theft.
  • In 2000 I was named the Top Sports Columnist by the Hoosier State Press Association (Circulation 40,000 & Under) for my commentary “The General Gets His Day In Court”. The piece was a satirical trial of then Indiana University Men’s Head Basketball Coach Bobby Knight, putting him on trial in the court of public opinion.
  • That same year, the Society of Professional Journalists Indianapolis Pro Chapter, honored me with a second place award for column writing. All columnists – sports, political, consumer, everything – was tossed into one category. If not for a heated political debate on a gigantic fish kill in the White River that year, I might have gotten first.
  • I won numerous writing and design awards with the CNHI Media chain and was a Top 5 finisher in the California Newspaper Publishers Association writing and design categories for several years running. Never won the big one, dog gone it!
  • I was a 2002 recipient of the Wall Street Journal Award at California Baptist University.

I don’t claim to always be right, but then again that isn’t my goal. I just think that exposing and discussing the world and everything in it is a valuable undertaking.

So stick around and let’s see what kind of trouble we can get into. If having some of my father’s genetics are any indication, we have a whole mess of shenanigans ahead of us.

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