Adam Feiner has joined the staff of Unified Newspaper Group as its sports editor.

Feiner, a Freeport, lllinois, native, most recently was a sports reporter at Sauk Valley Media in Sterling, Illinois, covering 17 local high schools and Sauk Valley Community College as part of a four-person sports staff. He also covered the PGA Tour’s John Deere Classic, as well as two Chicago White Sox games during his time with SVM.

Feiner graduated from Western Illinois University in 2016 with a bachelor of arts in sports broadcasting and a minor in journalism. He also played two years of Division I baseball as a walk-on catcher for the Leathernecks.

Feiner served as a sports editor for the Western Courier in his final semester at WIU, after two years as a staff writer. He freelanced for four Illinois newspapers during his college days: The McDonough County Voice in Macomb, The Journal Standard in Freeport, The Rockford Register in Rockford and Sauk Valley Media. He also worked as a sports intern for WIFR, the CBS affiliate in Rockford, in the summer of 2016.

Feiner has a pair of cousins who played minor league baseball after standout careers at Sun Prairie High School. Kevyn Feiner, the 2005 state player of the year, spent six seasons in the Cincinnati Reds organization. Korey Feiner played six seasons in the minors, reaching Triple-A with the Twins, Mariners and Reds.

Another cousin, Kodey Feiner, is the manager and lead singer of The Soggy Prairie Boys.

Adam Feiner is taking over for Jeremy Jones, who had been UNG’s sports editor since September 2003 before retiring earlier this month.

Feiner will work alongside assistant sports editor Mark Nesbitt, who is a Sterling, Illinois, native and 1995 Sterling High School graduate.

Feiner can be reached at ungsportseditor@wcinet.com.