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John Boyette – Aiken Standard Executive Editor, History of The Masters

April 15 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

John Boyette picked a heck of a time to step away from the sports desk. After serving as sports editor at The Augusta Chronicle in Augusta, Georgia, for almost 20 years, Boyette took over in late 2019 as executive editor of his hometown newspaper, The Aiken Standard, in neighboring Aiken, South Carolina. But in Augusta and the surrounding region, the Masters blurs the lines between sports and news. And now, so does the coronavirus pandemic that’s postponed the tournament indefinitely. So although Boyette will continue covering the Masters — the next edition, whenever it goes down, will be Boyette’s 33rd — his new position charges him with looking at the tournament’s postponement both as sports news and regional economic news. “I’ve been telling people that have asked me that it’s like a 13th month or a second Christmas for the economy of Augusta, for a lot of people,” Boyette explained. “It’s a situation where people take on second jobs, or they take a vacation and rent their house out, or all kinds of stuff like that.” And now, with golf’s annual rite of spring up in the air, the region Boyette serves is waiting to learn when the tournament’s spectacle — and its companion economic boon — will arrive.



April 15
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
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Newberry Hall
117 Newberry St SW
Aiken, SC 29801 United States
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