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WOUB Student Recognized in National BEA College Student Media Competition

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Experiential learning opportunities at WOUB set Thomas Garverick up for success

ATHENS, OH – Thomas Garverick admits he teared up a little bit when he got the news last week that he was recognized with an “Award of Excellence” in the Broadcast Education Association (BEA) National College Student Media Competition. The 22-year old was selected for the honor in the Television Sports Talent (Anchor/Host) category. He is currently WOUB’s Sports Director and works on Newswatch and Bobcat Sports Showcase. He previously worked on Hardwood Heroes and Gridiron Glory for three years.

“It was emotional,” said Garverick. “I saw my name, and I couldn’t believe it. I thought this is amazing. I’m super grateful, and I know my time is coming to an end in Athens. It’s been awesome, year after year, seeing my growth not just as a broadcaster, but as a person. This recognition was validation that all the hard work I’ve been doing here is paying off.”

Garverick, who is from Powell, Ohio, is a news and information major in the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism. More than 300 colleges submitted student entries into the awards competition, and there were more than 1700 individual entries. Garverick is graduating in May and has been working at WOUB since his freshman year. He submitted his current resumé reel, which contained samples of his WOUB work, with his award entry.

“WOUB really gives you the platform to experience and learn what you want to do for a living.  It’s a professional station, and I credit all of my success to the platform WOUB has provided me,” said Garverick. “I really feel I have a leg up in job market. You get out of WOUB what you put into it.”

WOUB Director of Student Development and Production Services Michael Rodriguez served as Garverick’s faculty advisor for the award submission.

“Thomas does really great work for WOUB, and I’m so thrilled for him that he was acknowledged by the BEA in this way,” said Rodriguez. “It’s fantastic to see Ohio University students working at WOUB recognized on a national level.”

“I owe so much to my time at WOUB,” said Garverick. “I learned how important it is to build relationships with the people you are covering, and I was able to see how much WOUB reporting on local sports here means to the people of the region. Those lessons are really important, and I will take that knowledge with me and use it throughout my career.”