USA Today sports media columnist Michael Hiestand takes buyout

Michael Hiestand has left USA Today after 24 years to try something new.

Michael Hiestand

Michael Hiestand

The sports media writer tells Ed Sherman that “having the buyout will give me a little bit of time [and] gives me some time away from the everyday deadlines.”

He adds: “I wasn’t bored or burned out” on the sports media beat. “In fact, it was just the opposite. In many ways, I’m more interested than ever before. …I’m going to move to New York (from D.C.). I have talked to some people, but I don’t have anything specifically in mind. I am open to ideas.”

* Veteran sports media reporter signs off at USA Today (