Brian Kollars

Investigative Team Editor

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. 

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The University of Dayton’s new coffee table book, “Reading the Signs of the Times: The University of Dayton in the Twenty-First Century, ” is now available as a free e-book.

UD coffee table book now available as free e-book

A new coffee table book entitled “Reading the Signs of the Times: The University of Dayton in the Twenty-First Century,” is now available as a free e-book.The book, released as Dr. Dan Curran concludes his tenure as UD president, looks back on the university’s history as well as achievements during ...

Pete Rose’s No. 14 will be retired Sunday in Cincinnati. FILE

Second Thoughts: Reds should have honored Rose years ago

I enjoyed watching the NBA draft, which featured few impact players but plenty of impact fashion. I got some solid ideas, so the next time I go to the Art Ball I will be ready.If Saturday’s standing ovation at Great American Ball Park wasn’t the loudest and longest in Cincinnati ...

Miami’s Edgar Michelangeli hits a grand slam in the seventh inning of NCAA college baseball tournament super regional game against Boston College, Sunday, June 12, 2016, in Coral Gables, Fla. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

Second Thoughts: Much respect to Cavs, but Warriors too tough at home

Happy Father’s Day to all you dads out there. I hope your kids hold off on making you breakfast until you can finish my column. Men don’t expect to be showered in gifts; we don’t want shoes or jewelry. A new chamois for wiping down the truck would be nice. ...

“Gary the deer” celebrates with the Wright State Raiders after they won the Horizon League title last month at Nischwitz Stadium. Gary became the Raiders’ unofficial mascot earlier this season after the team bus hit a deer returning from a road trip. Mike Hartsock/WHIO-TV

Second Thoughts: We’ll miss Wright State’s wacky baseball mascot

I finally broke down Saturday and turned on the air conditioning. Inspired by “The Settlers,” who still have cable (so do we) I wanted to go the whole summer without AC. That idea was as popular as Draymond Green in Cleveland.Wright State’s baseball mascot, Gary Croswell, made a dramatic announcement ...

UD’s Miller highest-paid coach in Atlantic 10

The Dayton Flyers have worked their way into the college basketball spotlight the past few years, and their coach is one of the beneficiaries of that success. University of Dayton men’s basketball coach Archie Miller cashes the biggest paycheck in the Atlantic 10 Conference with an annual salary that blew ...

WWE champion John Cena rides in a limo during a June 2006 publicity tour of Dayton. STAFF FILE / BILL REINKE

TBT: Cena talks cars, steroids, country music

In the spirit of “Throwback Thursday” here’s what wrestling superstar John Cena had to say during a visit to the Dayton Daily News 10 years ago.…..John Cena is a big fan of Dayton. After all, it’s where he regained his World Wrestling Entertainment U.S. championship a few years back.Cena now ...

Miami Valley Gaming near Monroe opened in December 2013. It is operated by Delaware North and Churchill Downs. GREG LYNCH / STAFF

Miami Valley Gaming sets revenue record in May

Miami Valley Gaming had its best month ever in May, reporting more than $12.2 million in revenue.The record month for the racino near Monroe coincided with another huge haul for Ohio’s seven racinos. Together, they surpassed $78 million for the third straight month and outpaced the state’s four casinos by ...

One hundred medical students in the Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine class of 2016 received their M.D. degrees during the school s commencement ceremony at the Schuster Center on Friday, May 27. CONTRIBUTED

WSU Boonshoft School of Medicine graduates 100

Almost half of the 100 medical students who received their M.D. degrees from the Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine last month will remain in Ohio during residency, according to the school.Nearly a quarter of the graduates will remain in southwest Ohio, and more than half will enter a ...

FILE - In this May 29, 2014, file photo, Phil Mickelson reacts after making double bogey on the 17th hole during the first round of the Memorial golf tournament in Dublin, Ohio. The Securities And Exchange Commission is filing a complaint against Mickelson related to insider trading. The SEC says in 2012, high-profile sports bettor Billy Walters called Mickelson, who owed him money, and urged him to trade Dean Foods stock. The SEC says Mickelson did so the next day and made a profit of $931,000. The SEC says Walters received tips and business information about Dean Foods Co. from former Dean Foods director Thomas Davis between 2008 and 2012. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete, File)

Second Thoughts: Warriors look way too athletic for Cavaliers

I made it through National Donut Day without sampling a delicious chunk of fried heaven. I will try to show similar self control today — National Moonshine Day. I was 19 or 20 the first and only time I tried moonshine. Spit it out like it was gasoline. I should’ve ...

FILE - In this May 29, 2014, file photo, Phil Mickelson reacts after making double bogey on the 17th hole during the first round of the Memorial golf tournament in Dublin, Ohio. The Securities And Exchange Commission is filing a complaint against Mickelson related to insider trading. The SEC says in 2012, high-profile sports bettor Billy Walters called Mickelson, who owed him money, and urged him to trade Dean Foods stock. The SEC says Mickelson did so the next day and made a profit of $931,000. The SEC says Walters received tips and business information about Dean Foods Co. from former Dean Foods director Thomas Davis between 2008 and 2012. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete, File)

Knucklehead of the Week: Phil Mickelson

This week’s prestigious Knucklehead of the Week award, which I hand out weekly to a sports figure who needs a slap upside the head, goes to Phil Mickelson.Lefty made his first public appearance this week since being named in a federal complaint focusing on an insider-trading scandal. Mickelson made $931,000 ...

 
 

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