Schooling Sportscasters: Mike Tirico ’88

By Paula Meseroll 

November 15, 2011

Mike Tirico Scholarship provides assistance to Newhouse undergrads

Scott Grodsky '11

Admiration for sportscaster Mike Tirico ’88 was one of the reasons Scott Grodsky ’11 decided to attend the Newhouse School, which made his receipt of the Mike Tirico Scholarship a special thrill for the broadcast and digital journalism major.

While a student, Grodsky interned at CBS Milwaukee, where he served as a sports photographer, editor, writer, online media director and reporter. He also worked as sports director for CitrusTV, as director of the Syracuse branch of ESPNU Campus Connection and as a reporter covering all Orange sporting events for Uwire.com.

Funded by Tirico in 2009, the scholarship provides assistance to Newhouse undergrads, with preference to juniors or seniors involved in the sports department at SU’s public radio station, WAER. Grodsky expressed his gratitude to Tirico, the ESPN host and announcer and 2010’s National Sportscaster of the Year.

“Thank you so much for funding this scholarship,” he said. “I really appreciate that you continue to give back, both to the Newhouse School and the students here."

As sports director for CitrusTV, Grodsky covered the Orange football team’s win in the inaugural New Era Pinstripe Bowl in Yankee Stadium. Currently, he is sports director at WDAZ TV, the ABC affiliate in Grand Forks, North Dakota.

Since starting his sports broadcasting career at WAER, Tirico has maintained close ties to SU. In addition to establishing the Mike Tirico Scholarship, he serves on the Newhouse School’s Advisory Board and returns to campus often to speak to the school’s students.