Meet Our Team

Vashti L. Hurt
Founder & Editor-In-Chief

My life-long passion and enthusiasm for athletics led me to leave a career in investment banking to make sports journalism my life’s work.

I find fresh and compelling new stories in and outside traditional sports reporting and share them with readers and listeners in a way that is entertaining and fun. I analyze and report on events that provoke widespread interest with a sports knowledge that is vast and refreshing. I take pride in not keeping up with the trends, but setting them.

I am Founder and Editor & Chief of – a website dedicated to providing sports information across North and South Carolina. I host Carolina Blitz the Radio Show, Saturday mornings at 10:30 on ESPN 730 The Game. I also co-host the Quick Blitz podcast on the Riot Network and make regular appearances on other sports radio shows.

“Life-Long Sports Lover, Self-Proclaimed Trash-Talker, Part-Time Tom Boy and Full-Time Woman – That’s me!”

Twitter: @vashtihurt

Royal Howell


Royal Howell is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro with a bachelor’s in business administration and a minor in Pre-Law. He’s currently concentrating on his master’s at The University of Wilmington at Delaware in Sports Management.

Royal interned at 102 Jamz for 2 years for the Wild-Out Morning Wake Up Show with the 3 Live Crew helping assist and produce radio content on air and worked as a Sports editor for the Greensboro News and Record Newspaper.  He also contributed & credentialed for Black Sports Online – posting a wide range of articles from sports, media & politics..

Royal loves to spend his free time traveling with his wife, in the gym, and attending big-time games.

Twitter: @Trueblue1824

Jannelle Moore 


Jannelle Moore is a sportswriter based in the Asheville, NC area who concentrates on the Carolina Panthers for Carolina Blitz. She is also has bylines at Complex Sports, Five Reasons Sports, The Basketball Writers, among other places. She is also the creator and lead host for Bluewire’s Stepback Sisterhood podcast.

Twitter: @Jannelle12








Antoine Lynch


Antoine Lynch joined Carolina Blitz as a contributor/NC State beat writer in November 2020. Antoine brings over 10 years of experience in athletic communications, serving as the athletic media specialist with Shaw University Athletics and as a contributor for Canes

Antoine has also served on the communications team for various athletic events such as the CIAA basketball and football championships, NCAA Division 2 baseball World Series, NCAA Raleigh Regionals in basketball and baseball, ACC softball, baseball and women’s basketball championships along with the nationally known John Wall Invitational.

Antoine is originally from Elizabethtown, NC but now resides in the Raleigh area after receiving his BS from Shaw University.

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