Hometown: Warwick, R.I.
Important URI Academic Experience: As the recipient of the Academic Excellence Award in journalism, he credits the journalism curriculum—along with his broadcast classes—for drilling in him the “nuts and bolts of being a reporter.” One of his favorite assignments gave him a chance to interview long-time Providence Journal sports columnist Bill Reynolds.
Among his URI activities: He was the play-by-play broadcaster for men’s basketball and football on student radio station WRIU and wrote for the student newspaper, The Good Five Cent Cigar (sports editor his junior year) and GoRhody.com. For WRIU, he broadcast men’s basketball from three Atlantic-10 Tournaments and two NCAA Tournaments and covered men’s soccer in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. He also started his own sports podcast, available on iTunes and SoundCloud.
In his own words: “In sports and in journalism, you really get a chance to hear people’s stories. I think that’s the best part.”
Of his passion for play-by-play: “I think it’s the purest form of journalism. Some people see a line between play-by-play and journalism, but to me, it’s the same thing. In journalism, you have to be truthful, you have to be the eyes and ears of people who aren’t there. That’s what play-by-play is.”
Career: Sports Play-by-Play Broadcaster