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Evan Closky

Evan is the sports director at 10 Tampa Bay.
Credit: 10 Tampa Bay

As a native New Yorker growing up on Long Island, I was destined to move to Florida at some point in my life. I certainly miss the bagels, but I am so excited to call the Bay area home.

One of the most important sporting events for me was the infamous 2002 National Championship game (sorry Miami fans). My brother started following the Buckeyes to begin that season as he was preparing college applications and that game solidified the fact he wanted to go to Ohio State. I’m four years younger than my brother, but when it was time for me to put in my own applications, my heart was in Columbus. I’m very grateful for my OSU allegiance because I’m a Mets, Knicks, Islanders and Jets fan – I paid a lot of money with my education to finally witness a championship in my lifetime!

After interning for a year at WBNS, the TEGNA station in Columbus, I packed up my journalism degree and moved to Fargo, ND for two years. North Dakota State had a backup quarterback by the name of Carson Wentz during my stint there. After a couple of years, I moved to Spokane, WA working for KREM where I fell in love with the outdoors. Following Gonzaga to the National Championship game in 2017 is still one of my favorite memories working in this business. I also covered Mike Leach and those press conferences were the highlight of my week. After four years in Spokane, I got sick of the cold weather and moved to San Antonio to work for KENS. I’m a bit of a foodie and the Alamo City is spectacular on that front. Gregg Popovich dunked on me a couple of times during press conferences – so there’s no better rite of passage than that!

During my travels, I have won a Murrow and EMMY for my writing. I can’t wait to share my joy in storytelling with all of you and spotlight amazing athletes and coaches in our community.

I pride myself on being very accessible and if you have a story idea or just want to send me an email with your thoughts or opinions, I am here for you at eclosky@10tampabay.com.