Carolyn Van Houten/The Washington Post
Carolyn Van Houten/The Washington Post

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City Paper is pleased to welcome Kelyn Soong as its sports editor. He’ll be launching a new sports section for the paper come June. For the past five years he’s been reporting at The Washington Post, where he’s covered things like the cheating problem in youth tennis and how curlers stick up for themselves. At City Paper he’ll delve into the vast world of District sports, both writing his own stories and recruiting new freelancers.

Though a month is a long time to wait for Kelyn, we predict it will be worth it. Expect stories on the lives of pro athletes and their fans, the business of sports, the drama of high school championships, the weird world of retired athletes, and whatever other strange, inspiring, and corrupt tales he finds.

He’s got both a bachelor’s and master’s degree from the University of Maryland, College Park. His first degree is in public health, the second is in journalism. He was born in Brooklyn, and his parents tell him they took the last half of the borough’s name to create his first name. Soong is fluent in Mandarin Chinese, and he likes to run.

If you have any thoughts regarding sports at WCP, let Soong know.