Justin Bates is a journalist, blogger and student of baseball who is a lifelong Cubs fan. He joined the VFTB writing team in December of 2016. He studied at Henderson State University in Arkadelphia, Ark., and received a bachelor’s degree in communication. He previously worked as a journalist and reporter for the Southwest Times Record in Fort Smith, Ark., and now works as a corporate copywriter for a large transportation company based out of Fort Smith.
When he and his wife, Stacy, aren’t cheering on their beloved Cubs or the Razorbacks, they can be found biking, hiking or camping. They live in Fort Smith with their two cats, Muffy and Raven.
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