Alex Ruppenthal's Profile

Alex Ruppenthal is originally from Naperville, Ill, and is a junior at MU studying Print and Digital Journalism and German. He is currently the beat reporter for the Missouri men's basketball team. He has worked on the sports beat throughout his time at the Missourian and has covered a variety of MU and local high school teams. His favorite Missourian memory is being "asked" by his editor to participate in a polar bear plunge (which involves jumping into a freezing lake) and write a story about the experience. He ended up loving the plunge and is doing it again in 2010.

Alex's passion for sports writing began in earnest when he realized in sixth grade that his athletic skills likely wouldn't lead to a career as a professional athlete, and he decided writing and telling stories about them was the next coolest thing.