John Radtke

Assistant Sports Editor/Fox Valley Sports and Online Prep Sports Manager
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John Radtke joined the Daily Herald as a freelance sports reporter in the fall of 1995 and was named Assistant Sports Editor/Fox Valley Sports coordinator in October of 1997. He added the title of Online Prep Sports Manager to his duties in the fall of 2008.

Radtke has been a high school sports reporter since 1975 when he worked for the DeKalb Daily Chronicle through a co-op work program during his senior year at Burlington Central High School. He joined the staff of the Elgin Courier-News in the fall of 1975 and was with the Courier in two different stints between 1975 and 1992.

He received his education from Elgin Community College and Judson University. He has also worked in sports marketing and in private business.

An award-winning sports writer, Radtke earned a James S. Copley Ring of Truth Award in 1989 for his work covering the Elgin Area School District U-46 teachers strike, work that also earned him a Northern Illinois Newspaper Association award.

Radtke was inducted into the media wing of the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 2003 and in 2006 was named the Illinois High School Soccer Coaches Association Media Person of the Year.

Radtke also won the 2010 Northern Illinois Newspaper Association award for sports reporting and the Daily Herald's 2010 Editorial Excellence award.

He was among a team of reporters honored with a Peter Lisagor Award in 2012 for best education reporting.

In 2014, Radtke was honored with the Illinois High School Association's Distinguished Media Service Award.

Radtke also serves on the board of directors for the Elgin Sports Hall of Fame Foundation, as well as on the Hall of Fame selection committee for Burlington Central High School and Judson University.

He was inducted into the Burlington Central Athletic Hall of Fame in 2014.

A lifelong resident of the Fox Valley, Radtke is also the founder, president and general manager of the Northern Illinois Lightning Fastpitch Softball program, a nonprofit organization that provides recreational and educational opportunities for area youth.

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Oct 07 2015 | 5:17 pm - Consistency has been the strongest part of the game this season for the St. Charles North girls golf team and it was again on Wednesday. Led by an even-par medalist round of 71 from junior Kate Lillie, the North Stars ran away with the team...

Boys golf: McDonald, Geneva snare regional titles

Oct 06 2015 | 6:06 pm - Geneva freshman Jack McDonald won medalist honors in a playoff and the Vikings shot a 292 Tuesday to win the Class 3A Larkin boys golf regional at The Highlands of Elgin.

St. Edward will play at NIU Friday

Sep 28 2015 | 3:53 pm - St. Edward’s homecoming football game won’t be at home, but the Green Wave will get a chance to play in a special place Friday night. Athletic director P.J. White said Monday the Green Wave will host Walther Christian Friday night at...

St. Edward game moved to Geneva Friday

Sep 22 2015 | 7:49 pm - While the damaged grass at St. Edward’s Greg True Field continues to be repaired, Green Wave athletic director P.J. White announced Tuesday that this week’s football games against Guerin would be played at Geneva High School on Friday...

Girls basketball: Harvest Christian’s Castro commits to NIU

Sep 16 2015 | 10:11 pm - Harvest Chrisitian senior girls basketball standout Paulina Castro has committed to a scholarship offer from Northern Illinois University.

Softball: St. Edward grad Scully excited to be playing at ISU

Sep 14 2015 | 6:13 pm - Ryann Scully has realistic expectations and some lofty goals. Scully, a St. Edward graduate, earned a spot on the Illinois State University softball team last week as a walk-on. When she left Elgin for Normal in August she hadn’t planned to...

Erica Maisto to take over Burlington Central softball

Aug 26 2015 | 6:41 pm - As a player, Erica Maisto became one of the most decorated athletes in Burlington Central softball history. During that time on Rocket Hill, Maisto formed the idea that someday she’d like to be the head softball coach at her alma mater. That...

Corn steps down as St. Edward softball coach

Aug 20 2015 | 2:43 pm - The priorities of life sometimes leave coaches with tough decisions when it comes to continuing their coaching careers. St. Edward softball coach Jaci Corn has had to make one of those tough decisions. Due to full-time job commitments, Corn has...

Post 57’s championship highlights Fox Valley summer

Aug 18 2015 | 7:23 pm - Summertime, summertime. Where have you gone, dear summertime? While the calendar says there’s still a little of summer left, those of us in the high school sports world realize summertime is gone and fall sports are upon us. But before we...

Softball: Huntley’s Larson became an all-around player

Jun 11 2015 | 10:09 am - Huntley senior Megan Larson is the honorary captain of the Daily Herald's Fox Valley All-Area softball team.

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