About The562.org

The562.org is a community funded nonprofit media outlet that covers sports and education in the city of Long Beach with free articles, video highlights, photo galleries and more. Founders JJ Fiddler and Mike Guardabascio also visit local high school and colleges to discuss media and work with aspiring journalists.

JJ Fiddler is an award-winning sportswriter and videographer who has been covering Southern California sports for multiple newspapers and websites since 2004. After attending Long Beach State and creating the first full sports page at the Union Weekly newspaper, he has been exclusively covering Long Beach prep sports since 2007.

Mike Guardabascio has been writing professionally for 15 years and covering Long Beach sports for a decade. His work has been published in dozens of Southern California magazines and newspapers. He’s won numerous awards and is the author of the historical book Football in Long Beach and co-author of Basketball in Long Beach.

Our Board of Directors

Andy Kerr, President of the Board

Marilyn Bohl, Founding Donor/Board Member

Joe Carlson, Board Member

Brian Dunning, Board Member

JJ Fiddler, Board Member

Dan Gooch, Board Member

Mike Guardabascio, Board Member

Tyler Hendrickson, Board Member

Sharleen Higa, Board Member

Ryan Thies, Board Member

Dede Rossi, Board Member

Dan DeCarlo, Board Member

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