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Evan Closky

Evan is the sports director at 10 Tampa Bay.
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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 excited to call the Bay area home.

One of the most important sporting events for me was the 2002 National Championship game (sorry Miami fans). My older brother learned to love Ohio State throughout that season. He would later attend OSU and in 2008, I followed in his footsteps. I’m grateful for my alma mater because I’m a Mets, Knicks, Islanders and Jets fan. 

Ohio State has provided me with the only championship as a fan during my lifetime!

After interning for a year at WBNS-TV, the TEGNA station in Columbus, I packed up my journalism degree and moved to Fargo, North Dakota, 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, Washington, working for KREM-TV 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 the late, great Mike Leach at Washington State and those press conferences never disappointed. After four years in Spokane, I sought warmer weather and moved to San Antonio to work for KENS-TV. 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, so there’s no better rite of passage than that!

I moved to the Bay area in April 2021 and immediately covered the NHL playoffs where the Tampa Bay Lightning won their second straight Stanley Cup championship. I still have some of the confetti from that night. Mix in Tom Brady and a Rays divisional championship, I learned the job gets pretty busy with all these successful teams. 

You might be able to catch me at Armature Works, Sparkman Wharf, St. Pete Pier or Bern’s dessert room. I love walking around in the sunshine with my dog, Shea, and enjoying a hot cup of coffee on my porch.

During my travels, I have won a Murrow and EMMY for my writing. I love telling stories with all of you and spotlighting 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!

Connect with Evan: eclosky@10tampabay.com

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