This is a photo of Mike Tirico and students at the 2018 Olympic Games in South Korea

The Newhouse Network, 6,000 miles from Syracuse

By Wendy S. Loughlin

February 9, 2018

As Mike Tirico ’88 takes on his new role as primetime host of NBC’s Olympics coverage, he’s in good Newhouse company. Several students are also in Pyeongchang, South Korea for the Winter Games, working as interns for NBC.

Though it’s a first for Tirico, Newhouse students have been a presence at the Olympics—both summer and winter games—since 2004. As interns for NBC, they are involved in many different aspects of the network’s Olympics operation, serving as production associates, shot selectors, loggers, ad inserters, runners and hospitality guides, among other roles. Some students are also based at the NBC Sports facility in Stamford, Connecticut.

Tirico assumes hosting duties from fellow Newhouse alumnus Bob Costas ’74, who had hosted every Olympics since 1992. It’s not the first time Tirico has followed in Costas’ footsteps.

“I went to Syracuse in large part for college because Bob did,” Tirico said in a television interview last year. “I received a Bob Costas scholarship 30 years ago.”

Tirico is a host and play-by-play announcer for NBC Sports Group, which he joined in 2016 after a 26-year career with ESPN. He has served as host of “Football Night in America,” the most-watched studio show in sports, as well as The Open, The Ryder Cup and Breeders’ Cup horse racing. He also handled play-by-play for “Sunday Night Football,” “Thursday Night Football” and Notre Dame football. 

Pictured above: Front (from left): Matthew DeMattia, Eliza Engel; back (from left): Hannah Fleager, Aodhan Doyle, Mike Tirico, Rebekah Castor, Nicole Boyer, Haley Champion, Kathryn Krawczyk