Wendell Barnhouse started his sports writing career at 18 and wrote his first stories on typewriters (Google it, kids). Work got in the way of attending college so he doesn’t have a degree, a career path that he doesn’t recommend.
The math indicates that he has spent 70 percent of his life writing about sports. The biggest chunk of that was the 25 years at the Fort Worth Star-Telegram where he covered 22 Final Fours and 13 college football national championship games.
In over seven years as the web site correspondent at the Big 12 Conference, he raised those totals to 23 Final Fours and 15 national championship games. Since late October of 2015, he has been experiencing an exciting, stable and lucrative career as a freelance writer.
He and Paula, his wife of 28 years, live in Dallas. She retired recently after a 40-year career as a high school guidance counselor/director of guidance. Their son Brooks, 23, just graduated from the University of Texas with a degree in architectural engineering. He is scheduled to start work July 1 with Turner Construction in its Chicago office and will thus officially be removed from the family payroll.