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.
Sportswriter for 15 years at Chicago Sun-Times; news producer and writer at WBBM Newsradio in Chicago, a CBS radio affiliate.
Any team at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and the White Sox
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.
The Rose Bowl; any Olympics; the Daytona 500 all in a work-related capacity.
Indianapolis Motor Speedway; Memorial Stadium in Champaign, Ill.; Chicagoland Speedway, Joliet; Kohl Center, Madison, Wis.
“These things happen.” — James G. Akouris, my late father