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The Cronkite News – Phoenix Sports Bureau is a fully operational digital sports desk from which students cover sports in the heart of the nation’s fifth-largest city. Phoenix is home to teams from all four major sports leagues, a Pac-12 university, two college bowl games, PGA and LPGA tournaments, NASCAR and spring training headquarters for half of the teams in Major League Baseball.
The bureau is located in a state-of-the-art newsroom on the second floor of the Cronkite School with views of the city. Students are within walking distance from stadiums that house the MLB’s Arizona Diamondbacks and the NBA’s Phoenix Suns. Students work at least two full days a week, producing sports video, photos and text for professional media outlets and Cronkite News, the news division of Arizona PBS.
Students pursuing sports journalism degrees at Cronkite report on MLB spring training for major metropolitan media organizations and national news outlets, including MLB.com, The Arizona Republic, U-T San Diego and others. Students also have reported on the Super Bowl for Sports Illustrated and NFL.com.
The bureau is led by Brett Kurland, an Emmy-winning sports producer whose work has appeared on ESPN, ABC, CBS, FOX and NBC.
Students leave the bureau with strong professional work samples and are fully prepared to enter today’s competitive sports journalism field in careers such as sports reporting and broadcasting, sports photography and videography.