I’m Matthew Troy Cassidy, a multimedia professional, brother, son, friend, hockey goalie, Temple University alumnus, engaged citizen, craft beer fan, and meticulous craftsman of all things insignificant, including this list.
I enjoy writing, reading, thinking, speaking, traveling and gathering with friends and family at any event from a backyard barbecue to a rowdy music festival.
I keep up with current events by reading web and print publications daily. When I finish the news and opinion sections, I always relax with the sports page–which as a Philadelphia sports fan, tends to ruin the whole relaxation thing.
The Flyers and Eagles take the most precedence in my sports life but I’m also a rabid Phillies, Sixers, AC Milan and Manchester City supporter.
In my hockey career, I have played at Hersheypark Arena where Wilt Chamberlain famously scored 100 points in a game, an NBA record which still stands. I also won a game at Herb Brooks Arena in Lake Placid, NY, known as the rink where the 1980 USA men’s ice hockey team completed the “Miracle on Ice” when it beat the Soviet Union.
Before I convinced myself to follow my passion of journalism, I attended the University of Pittsburgh as an undeclared undergraduate in the school of business.
I realized that a business degree was not for me so I transferred to one of the most renowned media and communications schools in the busy northeast. I had worked on my high school newspaper for four years serving as sports editor as a junior and Editor-in-Chief as a senior. I also maintained the position of managing editor for my high school yearbook during my final year.
Along with my high school publication work, I also participated in Model United Nations. In 2008, I was a member of the DeSales Oblate Schools Team, which consisted of Salesianum School, Father Judge HS, and Northeast Catholic HS, that won the high school world championship. Yes, I am a WORLD CHAMPION! I claimed my title in May and the Phillies claimed theirs in October as 2008 proved to be a special year.
In April 2012, I was able to shadow Pennsylvania State Representative from the 24th District, Joseph Preston, Jr. He served for 30 years before being unseated in 2013. Each year students from Pennsylvania “state-related” universities (Pittsburgh, Penn State, Temple, Lincoln) head to Harrisburg for a day to lobby for the necessary funds to operate a higher learning institution. I was one of the few lucky students to shadow a politician for the day.
So that’s a brief introduction to me and I hope to hear about you and your multimedia needs soon!