The Democrat is delighted to welcome Ehsan Kassim to his award-winning sports team.

Kassim, 30, joins as Florida State’s rhythm writer beginning Monday and will partner with current FSU rhythm writer Carter Karels.

Kassim, who was born in Coral Springs and graduated in 2018 from the University of Alabama, previously worked at the Gadsden Times in Gadsden, Alabama.

The Democrat and Gadsden Times are part of Gannett – the nation’s largest newspaper chain with more than 200 daily newspapers and its flagship publication USA Today

Kassim has covered Jacksonville State football — including JSU’s miracle win over FSU last season — and high school sports in Gadsden. He is a huge coffee enthusiast and loves exploring local coffees for different varieties. Ditto for the chicken wings, the spicier the better.

Please follow Kassim on Twitter at @Ehsan_Kassim.

Kassim joins a Democratic sports team that also includes Karels, Jack Williams, Gerald Thomas III and sportswriter Jim Henry.

Karels, who joined the Democrat in January, recently covered Notre Dame football for three years at the South Bend Tribune. He also focused on recruiting, co-hosted the “Pod of Gold Extra Point” podcast for two seasons, and helped with high school coverage.

Karels, a Texas native, graduated in 2018 from Texas A&M.


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Williams, 24, joined the Democratic sports team in June 2021 as editor of the Devils Lake Journal in North Dakota.

Williams, a 2020 graduate of Ball State University and an Illinois native, has worked with other publications across the country, including The Arizona Republic and The Indianapolis Star.

Thomas, a Savannah, Georgia native and 2020 Valdosta State grad, joined the Democrat last April and covers FAMU football and helps with prep and community sports.

Thomas, 24, who played football at Bethesda Academy in Savannah, was previously a sportswriter for Bryan Count News and Coastal Courier in Georgia.

Henry, 64, in his second stint with the Democrat and his sportswriter since 2014, has been in sports journalism for more than 40 years. He is one of FSU’s longest-serving beat writers, covering the Seminoles since 1987, and co-author of “Tarnished Heisman” with local author Don Yaeger.

The Democrat’s sports team, which has been nationally recognized by the Associated Press Sports Editors, is part of Gannett’s properties in Florida.

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