The moment he and his dad began playing whiffle ball in the backyard of his family’s four-flat in the Ukrainian Village, Steve’s sports career took off.
The rest was history.
Going into his eleventh year covering the high schools at Daily Herald, Steve doesn’t forget his sports roots. It began with two no-brainers: the Chicago Bulls and the Chicago Cubs.
His mom was a big-time Cubs fan. The Chicago Stadium was just a mile away. The whiffle ball swings provided hopes of becoming a first baseman for the North Siders. But watching Michael Jordan win the Bulls their first three-peat quickly changed Steve’s dream to become a basketball player.
Whether it was watching every game, memorizing stats off basketball cards, getting his pops to buy anything Chicago Bulls related or perfecting MJ’s fadeaway jumper in his driveway, Steven had an uncanny spirit for the team and the game and let everyone know he had his sights set on the NBA for the future.
Little did Steve know that one day his basketball aspirations would transform to a journalism career.
After discovering how better suited 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.
Eventually, 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. His articles are featured on daillyherald.com, basketball.dailyherald.com and football.dailyherald.com
A fierce competitor in the game of basketball, Steve takes pride in covering high school hoops, as well as football and his fall and spring beat — soccer. He was an active basketball player on school teams from fifth grade until his sophomore year receiving starting nods at the forward and center positions. It was the summer of his junior year when he discovered he could make the NBA as a sports writer, anchor and play-by-play announcer.
Steve graduated Crystal Lake South in 2005 and enrolled at Columbia College Chicago, where he graduated in 2008. He 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.
Steve has covered hundreds of events at the high school, collegiate and professional levels and has documented stories in all aspects. His best memories at Fox were the locker room pressers and being on the field during the Cubs 2008 NL Central Division championship celebration. He also learned from the best in the business: McPherrin, Dan Barile and Lou Canellis. He’s also had the privilege to interview the likes of Derrick Rose, Brian Urlacher, Patrick Kane, Jonathan Toews and Joakim Noah to name a few and stepped foot a few Chicago locker rooms.
The goal each time out for Steve is to let the story write itself. Whether it’s a print article, radio appearance or TV stint, his job is to accurately depict sports news in a way that engages and informs readers and provides the best content of 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 two of his favorite foods: pizza and buttercrunch donuts. He is a big sneakerhead with Air Jordans always on the radar. Steve’s also a fan of jazz music (at the Green Mill) and enjoy his time with his niece and nephew. He also craves D’Amato’s pizza and Bari’s Italian Subs all the time.