As you reflect back on your career, do any particular events or stories that you reported on stay with you?
Brian, what advice do you have for those interested in pursuing a career in journalism and the media?
First, consider being a doctor or a lawyer instead. But if you really want to be a journalist, particularly in sports, know as much as you can about all of them. Everyone wants to cover the Super Bowl and you may know every football fact there is, but you’re more likely to be doing high school softball instead at first. For me, my first year at a previous job was Tiger Woods’ rookie year on the PGA Tour. I had barely ever watched or played golf, but suddenly the demand for coverage shot up, so I got myself involved in that and sort of figured it out. So, follow a wide array of voices and experts on social media so you can be a jack of all trades.
How did you break into journalism and what inspired you to enter the fray?
I always hoped there would be a way to work in sports but didn’t think it would be possible. Then my junior year at UConn, the Daily Campus had an ad in the paper seeking sports writers, and would have free pizza at a meeting. A buddy told we should go check it out because we needed an activity on the resume, and luckily I was to get a few assignments quickly and prove myself. From there, I got to cover a number of sports over the next two years and I was on my way.
You have interviewed a number of sports authors, including Hall of Fame athletes. Which books or players stand out in your mind?
You have covered the Olympics, NBA Finals, NCAA Finals, and baseball. Which one is the hardest to cover -- why?
Have you contemplated writing a book?
What trends do you see going on in the media that concern you? Do you also see opportunities?
Obviously we all saw the recent layoffs at ESPN. I have a lot of friends out of work. So I think we’re all concerned. Players and teams have found ways to lessen the importance of the media by using their own writers and websites to provide (positive) coverage. But, I also think this last election and what’s gone on since has reinforced the importance of a professional, honest media that’s providing straight facts, so that’s encouraging.
Can you give hope to the fans of the team you cover, the Knicks, and tell us one day James Dolan will sell the team?