You could say Steve’s childhood concerned two things: the Chicago Bulls and Michael Jordan. But that’s just an understatement. Whether it was memorizing stats off basketball cards, getting his pops to buy as many Chicago Bulls collectors items as possible or perfecting MJ’s fadeaway jumper in his driveway, Steven had an uncanny spirit for the game. It led to his dream of being a professional basketball player.
Little did Steve know that one day his basketball aspirations would lead to a journalism career.
Now Steve focuses that same drive, energy and spirit into his articles as a prep sports writer for the Daily Herald, mainly to serve as a pulse for the athletic community.
Steven joined the Herald in 2007 as a prep sports freelancer and in 2012 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 was active from fifth grade until his sophomore year, when he figured out his path as a sports writer, anchor and play-by-play announcer.
After graduating Crystal Lake South in 2005, Columbia College Chicago was next on the list. Steven graduated in 2008 where he won a Student Emmy and anchored sports for Newsbeat, a live, campus news show. Along with those merits, Steve interned for WFLD Fox 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 documented stories in all aspects. His best memory at Fox was being on the field during the Cubs 2008 NL Central Division championship celebration and learning from the best: Dan Barile and Corey McPherrin. 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 step foot a few Chicago locker rooms.
Steven still longs to be a sports anchor and strives to step up his game in terms of telling stories and reporting news that breaks in a timely, accurate fashion which engages and informs readers.
In his spare time, Steve likes to run, read bible scripture, collect Air Jordans, jam out to music (jazz at the Green Mill), spend time with his niece and nephew, play basketball and finds new places to eat pizza. He also craves D’Amato’s pizza and Bari’s Italian Subs all the time.