John Zant has been a working journalist in Santa Barbara for over 40 years. After graduating from UCSB with a degree in anthropology, he was hired to cover high school football by the News-Press in the fall of 1968. The diversity of sports in Santa Barbara has kept him occupied ever since, as a reporter, feature writer, and columnist. He received numerous awards from the Associated Press for his work,, including a four-part series in 1973 that explored the increasing participation of women and girls in sports. Zant wrote extensively about Olympic sports, focusing on local athletes. He attended the 1972 Summer Games in Munich and subsequently covered six other Olympics for the News-Press: Montreal (1976), Los Angeles (1984), Barcelona (1992), Atlanta (1996), Sydney (2000) and Athens (2004). In the summer of 1988, Zant left the sports beat and embarked on a 110-mile walk along the Santa Barbara County coast from the Santa Maria River mouth to Rincon. The resulting 10-part series was submitted for Pulitzer Prize consideration. He also covered three World Series, three Super Bowls, and a number of NBA Finals games in Los Angeles. Since leaving the News-Press in February of 2007, Zant has written a weekly sports column for The Independent and contributed updates to independent.com. He is married to Kathleen Rodriguez, another UCSB graduate. Between them, they have six grown children and three grandchildren.
How the Slides Are Affecting Our Sports Community
How the slides are affecting Santa Barbara’s sports community.
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John Moore Achieves Milestone 24 Years After Becoming Head Coach
John Moore achieves milestone 24 years after becoming head coach.
Drew Edelman (UCSB Basketball) and Ryan Godges (San Marcos Basketball)
Drew Edelman (UCSB basketball) and Ryan Godges (San Marcos basketball)
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The Chargers host the Royals in the first rivalry game of the year on January 12.
Tip-off is scheduled for January 6th at 9pm.
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How this Carpinteria native became a de facto information center during the blaze
Gauchos and Aztecs at The Thunderdome, December 22
The Gauchos Play the Aztecs at The Thunderdome on December 22.
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The Cardinals beat NorCal’s Shasta Wolves to win the title.