Klein student Jake Pavorsky has forged a name for himself as a local NBA reporter. He recently finished an internship at SportsRadio 94WIP working with Angelo Cataldi and the Morning Team, serves as managing editor for the basketball news site Liberty Ballers and majors in Media Studies and Production.
Pavorsky helped with many aspects of production at WIP, including recording and editing segments and talking about the 76ers on the air.
"It was a great experience," Pavorsky said. "[Cataldi] was a fantastic guy to learn from, and to sort of mentor me."
Pavorsky's passion for sports developed when he was a teenager. He watched games and wrote about them for his own amusement on a blog he started called Brotherly Love Sports Blog. As he shared his articles on Twitter, he gained attention from local sports media. When he asked one of the local hockey news sites if he could help cover the Flyers, the editor was already familiar with his writing.
He was asked to write for Liberty Ballers around the time the site's managing editor was seeking other work.
"I worked my way up the ladder and he kind of brought me under his wing, and I took over as the managing editor in 2014," Pavorsky said.
One of the highlights of Pavorsky's sports reporting career thus far was his interview with 76ers player Joel Embiid, who shot a commercial for the candy brand Jolly Rancher in February. Pavorsky conducted an in-depth video interview with him about the shoot. He asked Embiid about how he felt shooting the commercial as well as a few questions about the team.
"It was silly and kind of fun at the same time," Pavorsky said. "I was the only media person to be invited to cover this commercial."
While Pavorsky has accomplished a lot as an up-and-coming sports reporter, establishing a balance between work and life has been an occasional challenge.
"It's a lot of hours, it's tough," Pavorsky said. "As a college kid, you're trying to balance a normal social life and going to school and having other jobs."
"Other jobs" includes being one of the managers of Temple's men's basketball team.
One day, Pavorsky hopes to cover basketball for ESPN but he knows he still has a great deal to learn in the meantime. Recently, he left Liberty Ballers to become the lead 76ers blogger at New Jersey Advance Media.
"You have to be able to write, you have to be able to do stuff on TV and do some audio stuff," Pavorsky said. "[ESPN has] guys doing podcasting, TV hits and writing tons of articles. I'd like to be able to do all three of those things."