Each Monday in January, we will introduce an AWSM member as part of our “Member Mondays” initiative. Get to know some of your AWSM colleagues!
Date you joined AWSM: Semi-convoluted answer here. I applied for an AWSM internship in 2001 and became a member then. I didn’t earn an internship and I stupidly let my membership lapse thinking I wouldn’t get much out of the organization. Fast forward to 2010 when I decided to attend my first convention in Los Angeles. That convention and the organization had me hooked, and I’ve been an AWSM member ever since!
How AWSM has helped you: If you learn anything from this business, it’s that networking is a key to a successful career. Thanks to AWSM, I’ve gotten leads on jobs, made lifelong friends and stayed connected to sports journalism in ways that my non-AWSM counterparts don’t understand and aren’t clued into.
Where do you work: NFL editor for ESPN.com
Previous job: Senior editor for The Sporting News
Resides: Charlotte, N.C.
Favorite team/s: Carolina Panthers, Charlotte 49ers, Charlotte Hornets, NASCAR
Favorite sporting event/s: NCAA tournament, Coca-Cola 600, Rose Bowl, Wells Fargo Championship
Favorite sports venue: CenturyLink Field for a playoff game or Bristol Motor Speedway for a night race.
Quote: Treat everyone with respect and don’t burn bridges. Think Kevin Bacon. Our business is a small circle of sorts, and you never know when you’ll work with someone again, or who knows who and who can vouch for you (or at the same time say not-so-good things about you.)
We profile professional members each Monday in a Q&A on AWSMonline.org. Interested in being profiled for AWSM’s Member Mondays? Email Rachel Lenzi (email@example.com) with your answers and a photo, and we’ll include you in a future Member Mondays!