STARKVILLE — Dispatch sports editor Tom Rysinski, 56, died suddenly Saturday morning at his home.
He joined the staff in July 2021, leading the sports staff and directing the section’s coverage while also writing features, game stories and columns. He focused much of his writing on high school, recreational and Mississippi University for Women sports coverage.
A native of North Brunswick, New Jersey, Rysinski earned a bachelor’s degree in history from Rutgers University in 1989. He started his journalism career in 1998, working 13 years as the scholastic sports editor for the Courier News in Bridgewater, New Jersey.
After a brief departure from the journalism field, he joined the Las Vegas Review-Journal as a copy editor in 2013, where he worked five years. He spent three years as sports editor for the Pahrump Valley Times in Nevada before joining The Dispatch.
“Tom had an easy way about him that made him well-liked throughout the building,” Dispatch Publisher Peter Imes said. “He understood the importance of sports in community journalism and particularly liked covering under-reported teams and sports. He will certainly be missed.”
Managing Editor Zack Plair said though Rysinski’s time at The Dispatch was short, his work and his positive impact will long be remembered.
“Tom had a dry sense of humor that would leave you in stitches, and he was an absolutely delightful person to be around,” Plair said. “He was never one to toot his own horn, and he only ever reluctantly accepted compliments of his work because he was always striving to do better. But his experience, care and work ethic shone through in everything he wrote.”
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