Phil Friend joined the staff of The Star (Auburn) as sports editor.
Friend has been sports editor at The Times (Frankfort) in central Indiana for the past five years. He previously worked at The Daily Sun (Lebanon) and freelanced for CBSSports.com.
He is a seven-time winner in the Indiana Associated Press Managing Editors writing contest, including two first-place awards in 2013.
Friend graduated from Ball State University with a master’s degree in journalism in 2007. He earned his bachelor’s degree in education in 2003, also from Ball State.