My name is Andy Yamashita, and I just finished my junior year at the University of Washington where I double major in journalism and ethnic studies. I grew up in El Cerrito, Calif., just north of Berkeley in the Bay Area. My high school didn’t have a newspaper, and I didn’t really consider journalism as a possible career until I moved to Seattle in 2017 to attend the UW. However, I’ve always loved sports. Before becoming a grocery store manager, my father was a volleyball coach at Loyola Marymount University and Long Beach State, but I actually got my passion for sports from my mother, a diehard Oakland A’s fan. During the first quarter of my freshman year, I joined The Daily, the University of Washington’s student newspaper. Since then, I’ve been able to cover baseball, basketball, football, soccer, track and field, and the marching band. I also got to create my own podcast, work on an award-winning collaborative multimedia piece and in 2019, I studied abroad in France and Spain for six weeks on a program focused on the politics of soccer. My favorite part of being a journalist is telling stories, particularly about people of color in and around sports, and I hope to improve my writing and reporting abilities at SJI this summer. After the program, I will head to Colorado and intern at The Denver Post.