(February 17, 2015) Since starting in television as a news anchor/reporter in 2012, Alex Egan has aspired to move into sports. Mission accomplished. An STAA member, Egan has accepted a position as Weekend Sports Anchor and Sports Reporter for Valley News Live KVLY in Fargo, ND.
It is the second job Egan has gained since joining STAA. He moves to Fargo from North Platte, NE where he has been a news anchor/reporter for nearly three years.
The KVLY position for which Egan initially applied was Sports Director. When the station decided to promote Beth Hoole to that position, it created the opportunity for which Egan was eventually chosen.
“When I first got into journalism in college it was to cover sports,” says Egan. “After taking my first job at KNOP in North Platte as a news anchor/reporter/producer, I’ve been trying to find a way to cover sports. I got opportunities to cover Nebraska football and even had the chance to cover Super Bowl XVLII, but I was still primarily doing news. So this job is a great chance for me to be more focused on sports, which is what I’ve wanted all along.”
One aspect of his new gig about which Egan is especially excited is the opportunity to report on many different programs.
“I get to cover a ton of different teams, including two Division 1 Universities — North Dakota State and University of North Dakota — plus Minnesota State University-Moorhead. It’s a hot bed for sports from high school, minor league baseball, and USHL hockey, and the colleges. NDSU and UND are both FCS football teams, which I’m very familiar with since my college, University of Northern Colorado, is also an FCS football team, and in the same conference as UND.”
A 2010 graduate of the University of Northern Colorado, Egan joined STAA in May of the following year. “STAA has been an invaluable resource,” says Egan. “When I began searching for new jobs I was constantly on STAA checking for openings. But what I found to be the most useful was the weekly emails with tips of how to be better sportscasters. Even though not everything in those emails applied to me, it helped me be aware of what good sportscasting is, no matter the medium, and how to strive for it in whatever way I could.”
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