Brian Kollars

Brian Kollars has worked for the Dayton Daily News since 2003. He was named Investigative Team Editor in March 2012 and works with a staff of five to uncover government waste and dig into key topics in our community. He also collaborates with WHIO-TV on I-Team stories and writes a Sunday Sports column entitled “Second Thoughts.” Prior to his current assignment, Brian worked as Sports Editor for seven years. He edited many sections that won state and national awards and his writing  resumé  includes a Best of Gannett. Brian was born and raised in Yankton, S.D., and is a graduate of Valparaiso University. He enjoys coaching youth sports and lives in Oakwood with his wife and three children. 

Latest from Brian Kollars

Second Thoughts: Urban scrambles as societal change applies pressure
 I took Jill to Milano’s on Brown Street last week and listened to some great live music on the patio. If you’re looking for a good date night, Dan and Bill will be there for a couple more Thursdays. It’s not exactly 40s at 4 in the UD Ghetto, but it’s a good time. Sports have changed a lot in the last 25 years. Lacrosse...

1:03 PM Saturday, Aug. 04, 2018

I took Jill to Milano’s on Brown Street last week and listened to some great live music on the patio. If you’re looking for a good date night, Dan and Bill will be there for a couple more Thursdays. It’s not exactly 40s at 4 in the UD Ghetto, but it’s a good time. Sports have changed a lot in the last 25 years. Lacrosse...
Second Thoughts: Big Ten is no friend of high school football
 I have returned from my extended all-star break. Have you ever put your house on the market? Let me tell you, a guy could work for several light years and still not have everything just right. But the place is looking good … and I have paint all over myself. Jim “Delusional” Delany claimed at Big Ten Media Days last week...

7:22 PM Friday, Jul. 27, 2018

I have returned from my extended all-star break. Have you ever put your house on the market? Let me tell you, a guy could work for several light years and still not have everything just right. But the place is looking good … and I have paint all over myself. Jim “Delusional” Delany claimed at Big Ten Media Days last week...
Second Thoughts: LeBron’s move to L.A. won’t net him another title
 One of these years I’m going to make it to the Country Concert. It’s on my bucket list, right next to dinner at Treasure Island. Polar opposite atmospheres, I know. LeBron James was a free agent for about as long as it takes him to slap a bunch of chalk into the air. The Man is going to Hollywood to be the leading man for the...

7:34 PM Friday, Jul. 06, 2018

One of these years I’m going to make it to the Country Concert. It’s on my bucket list, right next to dinner at Treasure Island. Polar opposite atmospheres, I know. LeBron James was a free agent for about as long as it takes him to slap a bunch of chalk into the air. The Man is going to Hollywood to be the leading man for the...
Second thoughts: Watching LeBron drama is tried-and-true summer sport
 Jill and I are watching the new Kevin Costner series Yellowstone on Paramount, which I didn’t know was a network. I’m a sucker for anything close to a Western; the scenery alone is worth a look. It’s fine entertainment, but Costner never will do anything that matches Field of Dreams or Bull Durham. We’re entering another...

12:00 AM Saturday, Jun. 30, 2018

Jill and I are watching the new Kevin Costner series Yellowstone on Paramount, which I didn’t know was a network. I’m a sucker for anything close to a Western; the scenery alone is worth a look. It’s fine entertainment, but Costner never will do anything that matches Field of Dreams or Bull Durham. We’re entering another...
Second thoughts: Dragons spare Midwest League of total embarrassment
 I told the kids that Bill’s Donuts was closing. They looked like at me like I threw their smartphone chargers into a lake. I let that sink before adding “for a week.” You learn things when you read the newspaper, kids. While Bill’s is spiffing up the place, I recommend Stan the Donut Man for your fried dough cravings...

4:00 AM Saturday, Jun. 23, 2018

I told the kids that Bill’s Donuts was closing. They looked like at me like I threw their smartphone chargers into a lake. I let that sink before adding “for a week.” You learn things when you read the newspaper, kids. While Bill’s is spiffing up the place, I recommend Stan the Donut Man for your fried dough cravings...
Second Thoughts: College World Series one of America’s sporting jewels
 Happy Father’s Day to all you dads, and here’s hoping your air conditioning doesn’t conk out. It won’t take long to finish those steaks on the grill today. Might not even need to light the charcoal. Jill and I were talking about bucket lists last week and decided that the College World Series needs to be included on...

2:42 AM Sunday, Jun. 17, 2018

Happy Father’s Day to all you dads, and here’s hoping your air conditioning doesn’t conk out. It won’t take long to finish those steaks on the grill today. Might not even need to light the charcoal. Jill and I were talking about bucket lists last week and decided that the College World Series needs to be included on...
Second Thoughts: LeBron’s work in Cleveland complete; time to take off for Houston
 I’m in Cincinnati today to watch some high school summer baseball. It’s amazing how many turf fields there are in Reds Country. My only complaint: The pitcher’s mound and the area around home plate isn’t dirt on these fields. If it rains, they do make tarps for that. So where will LeBron James end up next season? He&rsquo...

1:09 PM Saturday, Jun. 09, 2018

I’m in Cincinnati today to watch some high school summer baseball. It’s amazing how many turf fields there are in Reds Country. My only complaint: The pitcher’s mound and the area around home plate isn’t dirt on these fields. If it rains, they do make tarps for that. So where will LeBron James end up next season? He&rsquo...
J.R.’s brain freeze makes it easier for LeBron to leave
 Oh, my goodness. Tom Cruise is making another Top Gun movie. The sequel to the iconic 1986 film will hit theaters in July 2019. This, kids, is what they call a blockbuster. Jill wants to know if there will be another volleyball scene. What is inside J.R. Smith’s head? This is one of the great mysteries of our time. Smith’s last-second...

11:00 AM Saturday, Jun. 02, 2018

Oh, my goodness. Tom Cruise is making another Top Gun movie. The sequel to the iconic 1986 film will hit theaters in July 2019. This, kids, is what they call a blockbuster. Jill wants to know if there will be another volleyball scene. What is inside J.R. Smith’s head? This is one of the great mysteries of our time. Smith’s last-second...
Second Thoughts: Reds should make Scooter face of the franchise
 Graduation season is in full swing. I have lost track of the number of parties I’ve attended for kids who were little squirts just yesterday, it seems. Supposed to go to one tomorrow featuring a live band. And mac-and-cheese, of course! Scooter Gennett is the Reds’ best player. As a bonus, he’s a real bargain at $5.7 million...

2:49 PM Saturday, May. 26, 2018

Graduation season is in full swing. I have lost track of the number of parties I’ve attended for kids who were little squirts just yesterday, it seems. Supposed to go to one tomorrow featuring a live band. And mac-and-cheese, of course! Scooter Gennett is the Reds’ best player. As a bonus, he’s a real bargain at $5.7 million...
Second Thoughts: Arcade would be fabulous site for a sportsbook
 Who hasn’t had their fill of Baker Mayfield? HBO will feature the Browns on its Hard Knocks series this summer. BTW, did you hear that Josh Gordon is mentoring wayward rookie Antonio Callaway? I’ll guarantee that’ll be one of the main storylines. Quite the psychology experiment. Our local leaders tease us every year or two...

2:56 AM Sunday, May. 20, 2018

Who hasn’t had their fill of Baker Mayfield? HBO will feature the Browns on its Hard Knocks series this summer. BTW, did you hear that Josh Gordon is mentoring wayward rookie Antonio Callaway? I’ll guarantee that’ll be one of the main storylines. Quite the psychology experiment. Our local leaders tease us every year or two...
Second Thoughts: Cavs still kicking thanks to … the greatest?
 Took the family to the new Avengers movie. It was very long and I’m still suffering from sensory overload. I won’t give away the plot in case you haven’t seen it, but I will say this: I think we’ll see a lot more of the Hulk in the next movie. I picked the Cavaliers to lose to the Pacers in the first round of the NBA...

4:00 AM Saturday, May. 12, 2018

Took the family to the new Avengers movie. It was very long and I’m still suffering from sensory overload. I won’t give away the plot in case you haven’t seen it, but I will say this: I think we’ll see a lot more of the Hulk in the next movie. I picked the Cavaliers to lose to the Pacers in the first round of the NBA...