Kevin Modelski's Profile

Kevin Modelski, sports features writer with the Columbia Missourian
Sports journalism student at the University of Missouri

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WHAT I DO: I am a sports features writer for the Columbia Missourian, one of the city newspapers that serves the Columbia, Missouri, community. I am a former education beat writer for the Missourian. I started work at the paper in January 2014.

WHAT KIND OF JOURNALISM KEEPS ME GOING: Considering my background in sports writing and reporting, sports journalism is the one field that really interests me. Long form stories, features and in-depth analysis and commentary are the aspects of sports that intrigue me, since each of these forms of journalism break down and analyze the world of athletics in insightful ways. I also have an inclination toward breaking news coverage, as it is brings out the instinctual side of reporters.

BACKGROUND: I come from the Schaumburg, Illinois, area, a Chicago suburb about 15 minutes from O'Hare International Airport. This is my fifth semester at MU and my second in my emphasis area of sports journalism. In the past, I have written for the sports section of The Maneater and Zou Feed. I have also covered Columbia high school and Columbia College athletics for the Columbia Daily Tribune for a semester.

LIFE OUTSIDE OF WORK: When I'm not at the Missourian, you can find me playing guitar and writing music in my apartment, watching Comedy Central or reading sports journalism. I read, lift and play sports during whatever spare time I have left.

WHAT I LOVE ABOUT COLUMBIA: I do like the small-town atmosphere of Columbia, even though it's a town of more than 100,000. It's a large, yet tight-knit community with citizens who are very active in their government, education, athletics and many other areas that revolve around this mid-Missouri city.