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Social Media

Taught him everything he knows #ovechkin #russian #washington #capitals #nhl #nhldraft #great8 #highfiving #ovie

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Ovechkin Instagram

Alexander Ovechkin’s official account liked my Instagram post. It became my most popular photo at the time.

At the 2014 NHL Draft in Philadelphia, I took the above picture and posted it to Instagram. Only a few hours later, three-time NHL Most Valuable Player Alexander Ovechkin liked it, followed by a landslide of Russian people that I do not know. It was (and still remains) my most popular post on Instagram.

During my graduation ceremony from Temple University in May 2015, I tweeted a picture of the scene from the Liacouras Center. About 15 minutes later, the iconic Philadelphia eatery, Geno’s Steaks, congratulated me. I thanked them by explaining how “Philly” I felt at the moment and they favorited the response.

Genos Steaks Twitter

Geno’s Steaks recognized my graduation from Temple University.

The Temple University journalism program requires students to take a four-credit capstone class called PhiladelphiaNeighborhoods.com. Each student is assigned a beat in the city to cover for the semester. I was assigned City Hall. While covering a story about Philadelphia’s first protected bike lane, I scored an interview with Philadelphia Eagles Pro Bowl linebacker Connor Barwin. When I published the story, I tweeted it out and included Barwin’s account. He favorited the tweet.

After I spoke with Barwin at OTAs, he favorited my tweet publicizing my story about bike lanes.

After I spoke with Barwin at OTAs, he favorited my tweet publicizing my story about bike lanes.

Comedian Colin Kane posted this my tweet after a show on Instagram to more than 20K followers.

Comedian Colin Kane posted this my tweet after a show on Instagram to more than 20K followers.

Sports

 

While interning for Birds 24/7, a partner of Philadelphia Magazine, I was able to attend the Philadelphia Eagles vs. Seattle Seahawks in December 2014 from the press box. After the game, I went downstairs with the rest of the media for coach and player interviews. I was able to capture video of running back LeSean McCoy (above) and center Jason Kelce (below).

#Eagles center Jason Kelce answering questions after the loss to the #Seahawks. #SEAvsPHI #NFL

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Here I am with my friend Shawn Smith (left) and Eagles superfan Shaun Young (Middle). He has become a legend in Section 128.

Here I am with my friend Shawn Smith (left) and Eagles superfan Shaun Young (Middle). He has become a legend in Section 128.

When I’m not in the press box, I catch a couple games each season in Section 128 where my dad has season tickets. This is the endzone section of the legendary Eagles fan Shaun Young.

At a Phillies tailgate in 2011, I met a hockey legend in Larry Zeidel. The former NHL defenseman played from 1951-1969 for the Detroit Red Wings, Chicago Blackhawks and Philadelphia Flyers. His nickname was the “Rock” and he was still a tough guy in 2011. When I told him I was a former hockey player, he gave me his 1952 Stanley Cup ring (won with Detroit) and told me to pose for a picture with my fist up.

From his obituary on Philly.com:

Former Flyers defenseman Larry Zeidel at a Phillies tailgate. Im wearing his 1952 Stanley Cup ring which he won as a member of the Detroit Red Wings.

Former Flyers defenseman Larry Zeidel at a Phillies tailgate. Im wearing his 1952 Stanley Cup ring which he won as a member of the Detroit Red Wings.

“Playing for the Flyers in 1968, Mr. Zeidel and Boston’s Eddie Shack were in a stick-swinging battle at Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto. The Flyers were playing a home game there because part of the roof had blown off at the Spectrum.

Shack had allegedly made off-color remarks about Mr. Zeidel’s being Jewish.

“He was so proud of being one of the first Jewish players in the league,” Joan Bradley said.

The NHL suspended Zeidel – who had been involved in several stick-swinging incidents in his career – for four games. Shack received a three-game suspension.”

During the 2012 Stanley Cup Eastern Conference Quarterfinals, I made it onto live coverage of the Flyers-Penguins game in Pittsburgh on Philadelphia's Comcast SportsNet affiliate. My friend Joe Doran (left) and I were some of the only people in orange for them to pick from when the Flyers scored their first goal of the game.

During the 2012 Stanley Cup Eastern Conference Quarterfinals, I made it onto live coverage of the Flyers-Penguins game in Pittsburgh on Philadelphia’s Comcast SportsNet affiliate. My friend Joe Doran (left) and I were some of the only people in orange for them to pick from when the Flyers scored their first goal of the game.

Just chilling with #LordStanley at the #NHLDraft #nhl #flyers #philadelphia #stanleycup

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Music

During my two summer internships at Clear Channel Media + Entertainment (now iHeartMedia Inc.), I was able to sit in on multiple live performances by well-known acts. Sometimes, I snagged a photo with said artists.

Courtney Love

Courtney Love

Above is former lead singer of Hole and wife of Kurt Cobain, Courtney Love.

The Dirty Heads

The Dirty Heads

The Dirty Heads were a really fun bunch to meet in studio.

Jesse McCartney

Jesse McCartney

I may have ruined a couple of people’s photo … but I was easy to crop out.

I got to meet Cypress Hill backstage during a show at Festival Pier in Philadelphia.

I got to meet Cypress Hill backstage during a show at Festival Pier in Philadelphia.

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