Alumni Pride: Zibung brings humor to Cubs fans
Since graduating from the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh in 1999, V.J. “Brad” Zibung’s success in founding a satirical tabloid for long-suffering Chicago Cub fans has been no joke.
In 2003, he started The Heckler, which today reaches 65,000 readers in more than 40 states and six countries.
Zibung, of Chicago, will be among the nine alumni from across the nation honored for their professional and civic achievements by the UW Oshkosh Alumni Association, during homecoming weekend Oct. 16-17, 2009. He will receive the Outstanding Young Alumni Award.
UW Oshkosh journalism department chair Mike Cowling said the self-assured Zibung’s quick sense of humor makes him a natural at entertaining readers in print and online at www.theheckler.com.
“I believe he found a way to tap into the consciousness of the much-maligned Cubs sports fans to create a site where parody and real reporting give them a place to laugh and cry at the same time,” Cowling said. “The publication’s Web site has been ahead of the curve in providing content-specific material for a focused audience.”