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Recent BC grad is live from the Olympics

Filed in Archive, BCHS, District, District News by on February 14, 2018

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If you are tuning in to the Winter Olympics, you may also want to follow Bob Trosset, a BC grad who is in South Korea providing digital content and coverage from PyeongChang for NBC Sports and the Today Show. You can find him on Facebook and on Twitter.

We caught up with Trosset on social media where we navigated a 14-hour time difference to get some great insight from the adventure-seeking journalist.

What year did you graduate from BC?

I graduated from BC in 2013.

How long have you worked for NBC Sports? What exactly do you do for them?

I’m working my second Olympics with NBC’s TODAY Show, but this time around I have more of a dual role as a Digital Correspondent for NBC Sports Washington, where I work full-time in DC. It’s been a good challenge balancing both roles in South Korea

What was your path to your current job? College major? Internship?

I studied broadcast journalism at Loyola University Maryland. The 2016 Rio Olympics opened the door for me at NBC.

Jobs in the traditional news have changed so much. Are there particular skills you honed that helped you land a spot at the Olympics?

Versatility, I believe, is what landed me at the Olympics. I have worked tirelessly at familiarizing myself with most areas in front of AND behind the camera. You hear this a lot, but reps are the single-most important thing you can get in this business.

Is there anything/anyone you can recall from high school or childhood that spurred your interest in sports broadcasting?

During my senior year at BC, I handled the varsity basketball announcing and led the fall pep rally as an emcee.

Will you be at the Olympics through the end of the games?

Yes. I leave South Korea on February 28.

What has surprised you most about South Korea?

The biggest surprise so far is how different generations of Koreans view the ongoing conflict between the North and South. If you watched the Opening Ceremony last week, you saw the Koreans marching together as a sign of unity. There are plenty of mixed emotions about this, and it’s been very powerful to be a witness to this historic time.

Is there anyone you are most looking forward to interviewing while you are at the Olympics?

The easy answer would be Shaun White, but also Maame Biney. She’s an 18-year-old speedskater from Ghana who moved to the US as a young girl. Biney is the first African American female to qualify for Team USA in speedskating. She has a great story and an infectious smile. Remember her name.

You have siblings still at BC. What advice do you have for them or for other students who are hoping to fulfill their career goals or find adventure in their work?

I’m the oldest of four. My sister, Tori, is a junior at Loyola and my brothers, TJ and John, are at BC. I’m constantly thinking of ways to motivate them. Whether it’s cheesy phrases, pump-up texts or constructive criticism, I try to stress the importance of balancing work ethic, physical health, family and leisure.

Find something you absolutely LOVE to do. If you’re struggling to find it, take a risk. Travel, if you have the opportunity. Take a chance and step outside your comfort zone. Make a connection. Talk to someone you have always admired. Be disciplined. Make a routine. Have balance. Look UP every once and a while. Enjoy the ride. I call this ‘The Relentless Pursuit.’