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.