Tina E. Akouris

When did you join AWSM?

August 2015

How has AWSM helped you?

Networked with a college journalism program where I recently gave a few lectures and hosted a Q and A with journalism students. Mentoring and helping students is what I’ve always wanted to do and I hope to get more opportunities to do this through AWSM.

Where do you work?

Chicago Tribune

Previous job?:

Sportswriter for 15 years at Chicago Sun-Times; news producer and writer at WBBM Newsradio in Chicago, a CBS radio affiliate.

Where do you reside?

Suburban Chicago

Favorite team(s):

Any team at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and the White Sox

Favorite sporting event(s):

NASCAR as a fan and while I was a reporter for the Sun-Times. There was just something about watching this massive amount of equipment and people pull into a racetrack, and then as quickly as they came in they packed up and left. Also, I’ve always been interested in cars and how they work and perform since I was a kid. NASCAR brought out the Gearhead in me.

Bucket list sporting event(s):

The Rose Bowl; any Olympics; the Daytona 500 all in a work-related capacity.

Favorite sports venue(s):

Indianapolis Motor Speedway; Memorial Stadium in Champaign, Ill.; Chicagoland Speedway, Joliet; Kohl Center, Madison, Wis.


“These things happen.” — James G. Akouris, my late father

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