Grant Paulsen, one half of 106.7 The Fan’s midday “Grant and Danny” show, will add Redskins reporter to his job description again beginning in early August.
Fox 5 announced Monday that Paulsen will contribute to the station’s newscasts and “Redskins Game Time” program throughout the season. Paulsen will appear on Fox 5 three-to-five times a week, but he will remain a full-time employee of 106.7 The Fan and continue to co-host his 10-2 show with Danny Rouhier.
“The bug is biting me to do more reporting and to be back in the field in some capacity,” said Paulsen, who was the Redskins beat reporter for 106.7 The Fan for all four seasons of the Mike Shanahan era. “This gives me a chance to do that. … I think this will help satisfy that itch.”
“We’re excited anytime our guys get opportunities to spread their wings and do things in addition to their radio shows here,” 106.7 The Fan program director Chris Kinard said. “This kind of falls in line with that. Fox has been watching Grant’s success as a beat reporter here and then as a host during the day. I think he’s a natural fit.”
Paulsen, a King George County native whose sports journalism career began as a fourth-grader, was a regular guest on NBC 4’s “Redskins Showtime” show last season and also appeared on Fox 5’s pregame and postgame shows.
“Grant’s going to take a major role in our Redskins coverage,” Fox 5 VP and news director Paul McGonagle said. “He has extensive experience covering the Redskins. His knowledge, relationships and sources will help in bringing our coverage to the next level. He has great social media presence. He has a great way of communicating to both the sports fanatic and the casual fan.”
Paulsen will appear both in the field and in the studio for Fox 5. He said he’s excited to work with sports director Scott Smith, who will remain the station’s primary Redskins reporter.
“We’re going to do something that I think is going to be unique to the market and the Redskins reporting role,” Paulsen said. “Just some different, unique, behind-the-scenes coverage. There’s going to be plenty of X’s and O’s analysis, but there will be a lot of cool, pre-produced segments too.”
While Paulsen occasionally misses being at Redskins Park for every press conference as he was during his beat reporting days, he has enjoyed life as a host since January 2014.
“It’s not like work,” he said. “It’s fun, and every day I really enjoy it. I like it as much or more now than I did when I started.”
“The show is doing really, really well,” Kinard said. “This is an additional opportunity for him and a great vehicle to show his talents both in terms of reporting and analyzing football. I think he has a great personality that will show through on TV as well. I think it’s a bonus for the show to get extra promotion.”