Kathleen Elkins '14: Novice Ice Hockey Writer, Deford Award Winner to Senior Money Reporter at CNBC Make It

Kathleen Elkins '14: Novice Ice Hockey Writer, Deford Award Winner to Senior Money Reporter at CNBC Make It

Current Job title: Senior Money Reporter at CNBC Make It. I write stories and produce videos for Make It, a section on CNBC.com that covers money and career advice for young people. 

Williams grad year: 2014

Major at Williams: Spanish 

Sport Played at Williams: Tennis

How did you get involved in Eph Sports Info: I've always loved sports and writing, and working for the Ephs Sports Information Department seemed like a natural way to combine the two interests. When I first inquired about job opportunities though, the only opening was a staff writing position for ice hockey. I'd never seen a game of hockey in my life, let alone knew any of the terminology or rules of the sport. But if that was the only job opening, I wasn't about to turn it down. A senior staff writer at the time, Margie Fulton, let me shadow her for a season and taught me everything from what a "power play" is to reporting out games in a succinct but entertaining manner. 

Favorite Eph Sports Info Memory: After Margie graduated in 2012, I took over as the women's ice hockey writer. I was so nervous about doing the write-ups without her guidance that I made a "cheat sheet" with various hockey terms and even post-game interview questions for the coaches. The first game of the season, as I sat with my laptop in Lansing Chapman Rink, I spent more time referencing the sheet than I did watching the actual game unfold. Needless to say, successfully uploading my first game recap was memorable. I still have the cheat sheet today. It taught me that preparation really can make a difference. By the end of the season, I didn't need to reference it as much, though :)

Deford Award: Kathleen went from a novice ice hockey writer to win The Frank Deford Award in 2014.  

Fun Facts: Kathleen was a 2-time Tennis Singles All-American and played on three consecutive Eph NCAA championship teams.