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Joseph Hennessy

Multimedia Journalist
Topeka, Kan.

As a kid growing up, I knew that being in the journalism field was for me. I would come home from school and watch “SportsCenter” every night imitating Scott Van Pelt, Stuart Scott and Chris Berman. Moving around growing up has given me the opportunity to meet, talk and learn from people of all backgrounds and perspectives, leading me here to Topeka. “I’m not in Ohio or Illinois anymore.”

I lived in two different towns in Ohio, Washington Court House and Findlay, and I also lived in a suburb of Chicago for four years, Oswego.

Being near Chicago in high school, I got to play football and basketball against some of the best players in the country. I learned to observe and appreciate sports even more from being around that area.

(Fun fact: I got dunked on by former Kansas guard Isaiah Moss in a high school tournament. It was brutal and I am forever thankful that no cameras were around.)

All of the experiences from living in Ohio and near a big city had given me more passion to go into reporting sports and news, which led me to Ohio University in Athens, Ohio.

I graduated from the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism with specializations in Electronic Media and Sociology. I volunteered with WOUB-TV on campus where I was reporter for three years on the high school basketball show, “Hardwood Heroes,” and the high school football show, “Gridiron Glory.” I hosted the 21st season of Gridiron Glory my senior year. I also reported for and anchored the daily news show, covered Ohio University baseball and wrestling and helped produce live Ohio sporting events for ESPN 3.

I reported on stories on the economic struggles that plague southeast Ohio, construction on the main road in town, the famous “Ohio Brew Week” event and more.

I moved out to Topeka in late May of 2020 and I love the feeling of the city. I’m excited to learn more about the Topeka culture, to cover neighboring towns and eat some Kansas City BBQ!

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