Wendell Redden enjoyed a career in journalism for over 50 years. Following high school, Redden assumed the sports assistant position at the Joplin Globe Publishing Company in 1951, becoming the sports editor a year later.
During his time at the Joplin Globe, Redden experienced many unforgettable sports highlights. Some of those include the opening game of the K.C. Athletics in 1955 after the team moved from Philadelphia, coverage of numerous Big Eight Conference games, participation in the Big Eight Skywriters football camp tours for 10 years, interviews with many players who eventually went on to enjoy professional careers, and coverage of the Missouri Southern National Championship football team in 1972.
Following his retirement in 1996, Redden has worked in the Sports Information Department at Missouri Southern and helped produce several award-winning football and basketball press guides.
Redden has been recognized by the Missouri House of Representatives and Senate for his life-long service in the newspaper industry.