Saints beat writer for The Times-Picayune • Previously covered the Chiefs • Kansas State alumnus • U.S. Army veteran

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Biography

Herbie Teope is a New Orleans Saints beat writer for NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune.

He is a converged sports writer capable of functioning on the major platforms of today’s digital-first, 24/7 media environment: Print/Web, TV and radio.

A member of the Pro Football Writers of America since 2004,...

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@HerbieTeope — 9,084 followers, 21,243 tweets

Jul 24, 2017

This remains a must-read inspiring story on Michael Mauti's battle. Good to see him make the return to football.  https://twitter.com/jkatzenstein/status/889603848251346944 

Jul 24, 2017

RT @jkatzenstein: LB Michael Mauti signed a one-year deal with the Saints today. He's making a comeback after having his large intestine removed.

Jul 24, 2017

RT @jkatzenstein: Saints WR Willie Snead signed his ERFA tender. The hope is still for a long-term deal, but signing protects him a bit while he practices.

Jul 24, 2017

Saints list T Terron Armstead (shoulder), C Max Unger (foot), LB Dannell Ellerbe, OL Senio Kelemete on PUP list. All count on active list.

Jul 24, 2017

I am thrilled for my colleague on his promotion. The young Jedi will do very well on the Pelicans beat. The Force is strong in Will. https://t.co/A5ZcZYRCn6

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How is social media changing news?

Leads are sometimes found on social media, such as an innocent tweet from a player indicating he could sign with another team. Still, there are drawbacks to the way news is broken. There’s often a mad rush to be first at the expense of being right. Additionally, there’s been a recent rash of improper attribution. The SPJ Code of Ethics should be updated to incorporate today’s tech-savvy world.

Who's your favorite fictional journalist?

Gray Grantham (Denzel Washington) from "The Pelican Brief."

What story are you most proud of writing or working on?

I had the privilege of sitting down with Case Bonebrake, a 91-year-old WWII B-24 bomber pilot with more than 20 combat missions, for almost an entire month before writing a feature story on him. Hearing his story made me truly appreciate “The Greatest Generation.”

Awards

Regional Emmy® award

2009 - Interview and Discussion

Kansas City Press Club

2016 - Investigative Journalism
December 2015 story on (retired) Marine Maj. Fred Galvin, who has fought to clear his name after accusations of civilian slaughter in Afghanistan.