Ray Cooney became managing editor of The Commercial Review in July of 2013. He served as sports editor from 2001 through ’13, and also held the title of asistant managing editor from 2005 through ’13.
He earned more awards than any other journalist in Division III in the Hoosier State Press Association Better Newspaper Contest in 2013, taking first place for sports commentary, sports feature photo and general news photo; second place for sports section and sports event coverage; and third place for sports action photo and headline writing. In his career he has also won HSPA awards for sports feature writing, newswriting under deadline pressure and multiple picture group.
Cooney was honored with the Indiana High School Athletic Association Distinguished Media Service Award in 2012, and also received the Indiana High School Baseball Coaches Association Outstanding Baseball Media Award in 2009.
A native of Avon, Ohio, Cooney graduated from St. Edward High School (Lakewood, Ohio) in 1996 and Cleveland State University in 2000. He was the inaugural editor of The Cleveland Stater at CSU, and also worked for The Morning Journal (Lorain, Ohio) and The Chronicle-Telegram (Elyria, Ohio) before moving to Portland.
He is a fan of the Cleveland Browns, Cavaliers and Indians as well as the Cleveland State Vikings and Ohio State Buckeyes. He enjoys playing fantasy sports as well.
Cooney lives in Portland with his dog, Sammy, and cat, Eli.