Jim Ducibella

Communications Specialist

Phone: 757-221-7624
Email: [[jpducibella]]
Duties: Serves as a writer for the William & Mary News website, including general assignment and beat coverage.
Beat: English, History, Government, Economics, Public Policy, Scholar Athletes, Reves Center liaison, Modern Languages and Literatures, Africana Studies, International Relations, Linguistics, American Studies, Film Studies, Literary and Cultural Studies

About Duce
How long at William & Mary

Since 2009.

My professional experience

I came to William & Mary a year or so after leaving The Virginian-Pilot in Norfolk, where I worked from 1981-2008. I was a sports writer, primarily responsible for covering the Washington Redskins (20 years), amateur and pro golf, college football, basketball and features. While at the Pilot, I started a feature called "The Answer Man," where readers could write in questions on sports topics. It turned out to be so popular – and time-consuming trying to find dozens of answers each week – that we had to discontinue it. I've written two books, one an anecdotal history of golf in Virginia, the other the true story of a Chicago stockbroker who in 1938 bets 295 acres of Virginia Beach land that he can play 600 holes of golf, over four consecutive days, in eight different cities, starting in Los Angeles and ending in New York. King of Clubs: The Great Golf Marathon of 1938 was voted golf book of the year in 2012 by the International Network of Golf.

My favorite kind of project

I like to focus on stories about people who do interesting things, or who have had a unique and interesting life, or who take on projects you might not ordinarily associate with them, like the School of Education professor who has written a Christmas story, or the Tribe basketball player who can solve Rubik's Cube in under a minute.

Personal interests

Movies (not enough), theater (definitely not enough), golf (not enough), travel (not enough), eating (maybe, ahem, too much). My wife and I also love going to shop the Italian market in Philadelphia with friends. We each have friends we have known since grade school (trust me, that's a long time) and we treasure the time we spend with them.