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 University of Iowa graduate, double major in journalism and sports studies. 

The definitive multimedia journalist, dabbling in writing, reporting, video, podcasting, biography research and photography. 

Brandon Hurley's Newsletter

Notable highlights: 

 39-time Iowa Newspaper Association award-winner

Lead researcher for Rapture: The Nick Nurse Autobiography

   2018 Jay P. Wagner Young Journalist award-winner 

2019 Iowa Young Journalist award-winner

Curator of the Two-Point Conversion coaches show

            Co-host of Nursing School Podcast: A chat with Nick Nurse

Flexible, innovative, team-player and dedicated

The Nick Nurse beat reporter (The Ringer)

Notable awards:

Best sports feature, Jefferson Herald, 2021

Best series, Jefferson Herald, 2021

Best podcast, Jefferson Herald, 2020

Best slideshow, Jefferson Herald, 2019

Best sports section, Carroll Daily Times Herald, 2018

Best sports feature, Carroll Daily Times Herald, 2019

Iowa Newspaper of the Year Runner Up, Carroll Daily Times Herald, 2017

General Excellence, Dickinson County News 2013, 2014, 2016

Best Personality Feature Story, Dickinson County News, 2016
Best Slide Show, Dickinson County News, 2016

Best Blog, First Place, Dickinson County News 2014

All images, articles and videos on this page were created or produced by Brandon Hurley.

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June 2016-present

• Run entire sports department 
• Cover  sports for two local high schools 
• Capture and edit thousands of images
• Write a weekly column 
• Produce and edit video
• Host and produce weekly football show



June 2016-present

• Cover sports for nine local high schools at a five-day a week newspaper 
• Capture and edit thousands of images
• Produced videos and several long features
• Host and produce podcast with NBA assistant Nick Nurse

October 2015 - June 2016

• Covered sports for the local high schools and DMACC while publishing three times a week
• Captured and edited thousands of images •  Wrote feature stories on local athletes/organizations
• Laid out the sports section three times a week using Indesign  
• Created content for a Little League and spring tab

May 2011 - Oct. 2015

• Covered education, news, business, politics, government and personality features for print and online
• Editor and writer for multiple published magazines including Ageless, Big Boy Toys and Explore Okoboji • Copy editor  • Photographer


The talent is obvious. 

Experience helps, too. 

But what makes the fourth-ranked Greene County offense so dangerous is their remarkable balance. 

The Toronto Raptors needed a boost while the brisk Canadian winter bore down on the outside walls of Scotiabank Arena.
The world-class athletes towering over their counterparts, dragged through offensive sets, as if cement cylinder blocks tethered them to the hardwood. Jump shots, one after another, continued to clank off the rim and routine passes bounced harmlessly into the hands of opposing defenders.

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Greene Co. boys snatch thrilling golden goal win in program opener


IOWA - You’re never truly prepared for RAGBRAI. 

At least that’s what I keep telling myself. 

Just a few days stand between me and my first journey on the week-long annual bike ride across the state of Iowa. 

What started out as an ambitious goal this winter to endure the entire spectacle has now whittled it’s way down to more realistic expectations. 

How an East Greene legend became the state’s greatest shooter

From two wins to Northland’s first league title, football coach still finding success

An ode to three Division I players and two Hall-of-Famers

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The Des Moines-based MMA outfit is built on a team effort

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An unlikely underdog tale of Greene Co.’s first Big Ten athlete, who starred at Michigan



20 years later, re-living the Rams’ last trip to state

The luck of the Irish may not have played a direct role, but it certainly was a worthy charm. 

Infamous Jefferson-Scranton athletics bus driver Pat O’Mera was the proverbial victory cigar, driving around a jubilant Ram baseball team returning to the town square in the summer of 1998. 


The joyous occasion was well-deserved - the Rams had just paraded through the season at a record-crushing pace, securing just the second state tourney berth in school history in addition to advancing to the state semifinals. 

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Fueled by doubters, Hinote nears historic shooting marks

This is the year he fully emerges from the shadows.

Armed with a smooth shooting stroke, dead-eye range and an expanded offensive arsenal, Trey Hinote’s assault on the Greene County record books is nearing a crescendo. 


That’s not to say the the guard hasn’t been an integral part of the high school basketball program’s growth over the last few years. Not at the slightest. But each year Hinote has spent in Jefferson, he’s taken a significant step toward greatness, defying the haters and the naysayers. 

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