Nick Creegan just wrapped up the first season of Law & Order: Organized Crime. Zolan Kanno-Youngs covers the White House for the New York Times. Both are SJI alums, but they also found life after sports journalism.
Creegan, who left sports and restaurant jobs to pursue acting, credits lessons learned from the sports industry and SJI in helping him get through the ebbs and flows of the entertainment industry. Even the dreaded sports checks kept him in a “stay ready, so you don’t have to get ready” mindset.
Kanno-Youngs stayed in journalism but pivoted to news. He said deadline writing he did at SJI helped prepare him for one of his biggest moments -- the Jan. 6 Capitol riots. He had to scooter his way outside the perimeter to go write a story that appeared on Page 1.
It’s reassuring to know that possibilities exist outside sports journalism. I’ve always thought - and still think - that sports is it for me. Nothing has brought me more joy and passion than covering sports.