I am Ethan Sands, a rising senior at the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism at Ohio University in Athens. I have lived in the DMV area (Washington, D.C.; Maryland; Virginia) my entire life and played baseball from tee ball through club baseball in college. Even before I stepped on OU’s campus, I knew I would be a part of the WOUB PBS team. Today I am a lead reporter for the live television show, “Gridiron Glory,” and the producer of the “Hardwood Heroes” TV show. These experiences have provided numerous opportunities and taught me networking skills that have already reaped benefits. Sports has always been the center of my world, whether I was on the field or taking in one of the many professional teams we have in the Baltimore and Washington, D.C. area. It seemed natural to formally pursue my interest in sports by turning my avocation into a career. I believe the best way to enjoy a job is to get paid for doing something that combines your passion with a hobby. I pride myself on my interviewing skills and I credit my years as both an athlete and a spectator with providing insight into the types of questions to ask. I have always been interested in the ways to tell a story, and SJI will allow me to broaden my perspective. I was awarded an internship with the Tallahassee Democrat as a sports reporter. There I plan to enhance my skills as a reporter, analyst, interviewer and editor as I work with professionals who will hold me to a high standard.