I am very excited to be in Lima and am honored to cover all of the local and professional sports Ohio has to offer!

Growing up, I found myself always gravitating toward athletics. Regardless of the sport, I found a passion within them all. From soccer and hockey to basketball and football, I love all sports! When it came time to decide a career, and I knew I wasn't blessed with the abilities to become a professional athlete, I thought why not do something that involves what I love. That is when I found sports journalism.

I graduated from Purdue University with a Bachelors in Mass Communications and minors in various other fields. I co - anchored and did sports for Fast Track, Purdue University's student television news. There I covered sports in the BIG 10 and professional sports. Aside from Fast Track, I also was a color commentator, play by play man, and an analyst for the BIG 10 Network. The experience was amazing and I found myself loving the field I studied more and more.

Last but not least, I have to admit, I am a Michigan Wolverine fan. I know the Buckeyes have gotten the best of us the past few years, but I am excited for the rivalry to be back in full swing! Go Blue!

If I'm not talking about sports, I am sure to be watching them or looking up interesting statistics. If you see me out in public, say hey and feel free to talk to me about anything, especially my Wolverines! I always have the time to listen! Follow me on twitter @JohnRawlingsTV for Your News Now Sports and email me at jrawlings@wlio.com if you ever have an interesting local story!