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Tribune banking on Kank

The day I knew I wanted to become a sports journalist, I was standing on my tiptoes and completely stressed out in the Golden State Warriors’ locker room.

Being a rookie at the “jockeying for position game” that sportswriters play in locker rooms, I had been quickly boxed out by a group of veteran reporters when Warriors star Chris Mullin arrived at his stall.

Standing there, on the outskirts of the mass crowding around Mullin, I realized I was missing every soundbite that was coming out of his mouth.

Rather than run the risk of going back to my producer at Sportschannel Pacific without any Mullin footage (Mullin had been traded to the Indiana Pacers that night), I dove headfirst into the pit of reporters and worked my way back into a good position to get some of the best quotes on our broadcast that night.

After the congregation at Mullin’s locker broke up, a San Francisco Chronicle beat writer approached me and said, “Hey kid, way to get yourself in there, you’re going to do just fine.”

Those words meant a lot to a lowly intern attending the University of San Francisco as a journalism major.

Well, that was four years ago, and after a few adventures to places like Seattle and a brief stint back in San Francisco I find myself here in Tahoe, one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever seen.

Growing up in the Bay Area I saw lots of beautiful terrain, but there’s really nothing like living in the mountains.

I’m really looking forward to covering the local sports scene in a community like Tahoe. A town this size will give me a chance to develop close working relationships with the coaches and players, something I think big city coverage lacks.

My wife, Nicole, is happy to be back home as well. She grew up here, attending Tahoe Valley Elementary School, STMS and STHS.

Tahoe also provides a great environment for Nicole and I to raise our two daughters Morgan, 7, and Isabella, 2. Morgan will be a second-grader at Sierra House Elementary and Isabella, well “Bella,” will continue to keep us busy around the house.

In all, I hope I can come into this community and provide accurate and quality coverage of the local sports scene. I’m looking forward to meeting lots of new faces this year. See you all at the game.

– You can reach Tribune sportswriter Gary Kank at (530) 542-8008.

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