About Rich Rovito

Rich Rovito is a veteran journalist who currently serves as a contributing writer at Milwaukee Magazine, where he writes longform and shorter stories for print along with daily stories for the magazine’s website.

He’s also a long-time stringer for Associated Press Sports, covering college and professional sports in Wisconsin, as well as some spot general news coverage. Rich also works as a stringer for MLB.com, writing team-specific stories for publication on the league’s website.

Rich Rovito

Rich previously worked for more than a decade as a business reporter, covering manufacturing, labor and the beer brewing and airline industries. For one major assignment, he spent nearly two weeks in China, splitting time between Shanghai and Beijing, reporting on Wisconsin-based companies doing business in Asia.

He began his career as a community news reporter at CNI Newspapers, a chain of suburban Milwaukee newspapers.

His work as an independent journalist has also included reporting for the Better Government Association, a Chicago-based nonprofit investigative journalism organization, where he was a finalist for the prestigious Peter Lisagor Award for Journalism presented by the Chicago Headline Club.

Rich has won numerous awards for print and online reporting including more than 10 Gold Awards in the Milwaukee Press Club’s annual Excellence in Wisconsin Journalism competition. He’s also been honored by the Chicago Headline Club, Suburban Newspapers of America and the Wisconsin Newspaper Association.

He’s a member of the Milwaukee Press Club, the Society of Professional Journalists and Investigative Reporters and Editors and is represented by the National Writers Union.

A native of Bradford, Pennsylvania, a piece Rich’s heart remains in the scenic Allegheny Mountains along the Pennsylvania/New York border, where many of his family members and childhood friends still reside. A graduate of Marquette University, he resides in the Milwaukee suburb of Wauwatosa.

Aside from writing, his passions include caring for his goofball cats, live music (particularly at small clubs), photography, craft beer and cocktails, a great glass of red wine and following the sports teams at Marquette as well as St. Bonaventure University and Penn State University. Rich still manages to play basketball at least twice a week and played in softball and dart leagues for more than 25 years.

With an inexhaustible energy for travel, Rich’s favorite destinations include Toronto, London, New York City, Las Vegas, Shanghai, Miami, Los Angeles and San Diego. He’s been discovering the beauty of Southern Utah as an ideal spot for golf on some of the country’s most scenic courses and long hikes on trails in Zion National Park, Bryce Canyon and Toadstools Hoodoos, among others.

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