Whether it was watching every Chicago Bulls game, memorizing stats off basketball cards, getting his pops to buy anything Bulls related or perfecting MJ’s fadeaway jumper in his driveway, Steven had an uncanny spirit for the sport and team and let everyone in on his goal to be an NBA superstar.
Little did Steve know that one day his basketball aspirations would transcend into a journalism career.
After discovering how journalism was for him in high school, Steve focused that same drive, energy and spirit from the court to the stands in an effort to serve as a pulse for the community and a messenger to others.
Steven made his print debut with the Herald in 2007 as a prep sports freelancer during his college days. In 2012, he was promoted to the staff to cover events in conjunction to work on the sports desk. Over his career, his articles have been featured on daillyherald.com, basketball.dailyherald.com and football.dailyherald.com.
After Steve graduated from Crystal Lake South in 2005, he enrolled at Columbia College Chicago, where he graduated with a journalism degree in 2008 concentrated in broadcasting. He also received a Student Emmy and anchored sports for Newsbeat, a live, campus news show. Along with those merits, Steve interned for Corey McPherrin at WFLD Fox 32 Chicago and called play-by-play for UIC basketball in conjunction to writing for the Herald.
For the last 11 years, Steve has covered hundreds of events at the high school, collegiate and professional levels and has documented stories in print, broadcast and web platforms. His best memories at Fox were the locker room pressers, interviewing athletes and being on the field during the Cubs 2008 NL Central Division championship celebration. He also learned from the best in the business: Corey McPherrin, Dan Barile and Lou Canellis.
Steve strives to accurately depict sports news in a way that engages and informs readers and provides the best content amongst his peers and rivals.
In his spare time, Steve likes to stay in shape, take many walks with his dog, indulge in bible scripture, play basketball and enjoy pizza when he can. Steve’s also a fan of jazz music (at the Green Mill) and enjoys his time with his niece and nephew.