Current Location: New Jersey (But wherever there’s a college hockey game)
Occupation/Organization: Eye on the Tigers, College Hockey News and Victory Press
Title: Hockey Reporter
Why do you have a career in the sports industry?
I always loved writing when I was little and wanted to be a novelist. I used to write small chapter books when I was six or seven, but I was also raised by die-hard Cleveland Browns fans – so sports (football and Formula 1) were always on my TV every Sunday. I didn’t become a die-hard sports fan until I was 13, but by the time I was 14 I decided I would merge my two loves, originally hoping to be a New England Patriots beat reporter.
What is the best part of working in sports?
There are a lot. Primarily I think it can be a fantastic community, especially in college hockey. There are so many people so passionate about the sport and so helpful that it’s a truly amazing community to be a part of. I’m fortunate enough to be able to walk into any college hockey rink and have it feel like home, even if I’ve never been there before. The other best part is definitely the places you go and the people you meet. I’ve been fortunate to have traveled a lot, especially for college hockey. You also get to meet some fantastic people and get to tell incredible stories. And you get free admission to games!
Advice for people trying to break into the sports industry?
There’s a lot of advice that only works in certain situations or for certain people, but I think the biggest piece of advice that’s true for everyone is to network! Being a journalist you naturally network – it’s part of the job. And the people you meet at games, in press boxes are the ones who could give you your big break! (That’s actually how I got started with College Hockey News). Another peice of advice I have is to use social media. Twitter is especially a great place to find a niche and get noticed and to connect with other sports media professionals.