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When he isn’t running himself, Chris Chavez keeps busy by covering the country’s top endurance athletes. The East Coast native has built an impressive resume in the sports journalism industry, covering up-and-coming track stars for ESPN to Olympic athletes in Europe.

The senior journalism major hails from Queens and began writing for student media at Marquette. Soon after, a job offer with track and field website Flotrack.org allowed Chavez to travel the country.

This summer, he’s writing articles among the country’s best sports journalists at ESPN. We caught up with Chris to talk about his experiences and to learn the secret to his success. 

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In the heart of New York City, recent Diederich College of Communication graduate TJ Bowden spends his days working hard on the set of Good Morning America.   

Bowden keeps busy making a name for himself in the entertainment industry, which includes working with celebrities like Kevin Hart, Robert Pattinson and Gabrielle Union. We recently caught up to talk about how he does it.

Tell me about yourself. Where are you from?

I’m from Chicago’s South Side. I pride myself on the personal relationships I have with my parents, close friends, family, and mentors, it’s where I get my motivation. 

How’s Good Morning America? What do you do? 

Good Morning America is fantastic! I have an array of responsibilities which makes my position quite exciting and challenging. I pitch stories daily and have had a piece go on to become a segment, which was incredible! I also work the GMA Summer Concert Series and with the green room coordinator on special guest arrival.

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Recent graduate Shannon Cunnane is living the dream in Chicago, spending many busy nights in Wrigley Field as an intern for the Chicago Cubs. 

Fortunately, Shannon recently took some time from her busy schedule to catch up and let us get a glimpse of what it takes to work for a MLB team. 

How’s the new internship? Tell us all about it!

The new internship is phenomenal. I am the communications intern for the Chicago Cubs and could not be happier with the position. Tasks vary day to day, but I work on things from social media, public relations and media relations to events, gameday tasks and community relations.
This year, Wrigley Field, home of the Chicago Cubs, turned one century old and I get to be here to experience that! It’s been an amazing experience thus far and I cannot wait to see what the future has in store.
What drew you to the sports industry?
I LOVE sports. I have always been a bit of a tomboy and grew up attending Giants games with my Dad. When my sisters and I were little, we would head to the backyard after dinner every night and play softball, soccer, basketball or any fun outdoor activities. My Mom coached my volleyball team from day one while my Dad coached soccer and helped with basketball. I have always imagined myself working in the sports and entertainment industry and am so incredibly thankful of the experiences I have had and where I am today.

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