(Editor's Note: This is the seventh in a series of stories about Bellisario College students completing summer internships.)
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — A lifelong sports fan, Andrew Destin was thrilled to be back in a stadium watching live sports. It was an April Pittsburgh Pirates game, and it was his first post-pandemic event. Knowing he’d return in the summer to cover sports in the Steel City made the experience even more exciting.
Destin is a senior journalism major at the Donald P. Bellisario College of Communications. In June, he started a sports reporting internship at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Over the course of the summer, he will be covering athletes, teams and leagues in one of the most storied sports towns in the country.
It’s not difficult to see where Destin’s passion for journalism and sports comes from. He played basketball and baseball through high school, and even explored playing baseball in college. Growing up in Saratoga, California, two newspapers — the San Jose Mercury and San Francisco Chronicle — were delivered to his home daily. More recently, the Destin family subscribed to The New York Times too. The news has always been a big part of Destin’s life.
“I grew up with a very good understanding of the industry and that was ingrained in me,” Destin said. “I am so passionate about what I’m doing. I could rant for hours about [sports] and the stories I’m doing for the Post-Gazette and the pitches I’m putting out there. It’s all fun for me.”