Sports Media - Production
Oklahoma State University
I first started to dabble in broadcasting and production in my high school's media class, which taught me the basics of how a production works. It was here that I tried my hand at camera work, graphics, anchor, stats, video editor, and I was the Social Media Director for two years for Gemini Studios, which is the company that broadcasts the Fairmont High School athletic events back home in Fairmont, Minnesota.
I loved the production aspect of my media class so much, I decided to continue in my dreams and find a college that offered a broadcasting major. In my search, I discovered Oklahoma State University. Not only did OSU have a highly-praised journalism department, they also had a major that focused on the sports aspect of the media. When I visited campus for the first time, I fell in love with the place. It was everything I wanted in a college. It had a good journalism school, it was far away from home (which I have discovered is both a curse and a blessing), it had Division I college athletics, it wasn't too big of a school, and the culture and people reminded me a lot like home.
I have been blessed with a multitude of opportunities to gain experience while in Stillwater at Oklahoma State.
I was a producer and director with O'Colly Media Group and OStateTV, including producing and directing Miss OSU 2019.
I joined Orange Power Studios, the Oklahoma State Athletic video department my senior year as a gameday operator and video content producer.
I'm in my second season with the Tulsa Drillers and Tulsa Roughnecks FC, helping them with gameday broadcast operations.
I freelanced with EQSports for the Big 12 Championships and the national championships as a camera operator.
ESPN's College Gameday visited campus, and I got the opportunity to be a utility.
I spent a summer as the sports intern at the Fairmont Sentinel, my hometown newspaper, covering local high school and ameteur baseball and softball.
I got my start in the sports world as a contributor for the popular Oklahoma State athletics blog Cowboys Ride For Free, eventually working my way up to assistant editor.
As a kid, I grew up playing, watching, and loving sports, starting with Little League. If my mother couldn't find me when I was young, she knew to come up to the local ball diamond, because there was a good chance I was there with some friends playing baseball. Through school, I played football for a couple years, and basketball from fourth grade until junior year of high school.
When I realized that I couldn't play any sport professionally, I decided to do the next best thing - work in the sports industry. Growing up, I thought I wanted to be the next Jim Nantz. Then, when I got to high school, I fell in love with the "behind the scenes" work. The rest, they say, is history.