Living a ‘Mile High’ Dream

Nearly a year ago, Cameron Wolfe was preparing to graduate from the University of Houston with a degree in broadcast journalism.

Prior to graduation, he solidified a spot in the 2015 Class of The Sports Journalism Institute, a nine-week training and internship program for college students interested in sports journalism.

Through SJI, Wolfe received an internship to cover sports with The Denver Post newspaper.

Sports reporting had always been a passion for him.

“I’ve always liked sports reporting. In high school, a teacher convinced me to write for the school paper,” Wolfe said. “My true passion for sports reporting came in college when I got into my broadcast journalism courses that allowed me to tell unique stories.”

During his internship, Wolfe made his experience more demanding, going after many assignments on his own and impressing his editors.

Little did he know, through his hard work and self-motivation, he would get a once in a lifetime opportunity: to work as a NFL beat reporter for the Denver Broncos.

For the Jackson, Mississippi native, it was his plan to do so from the very beginning.

“It was my plan to make sure that if the Denver Post didn’t hire me, it was because they didn’t have the money,” Wolfe said. “It was not going to be that I wasn’t ready for the job.”

Wolfe has been working for The Denver Post for 11 months.

Wolfe faced the demands of his internship with confidence. His confidence and his aggressive attitude in covering assignments helped him land his full-time position as a NFL beat reporter for the Denver Broncos.

As a beat reporter, he is not limited to covering breaking news online and in print for the Broncos. Wolfe writes feature stories, scouting reports and commentary. He also shoots weekly video standups and covers the Colorado Rockies, the Denver Nuggets, the Colorado Avalanche, Colorado State University (CSU) football and more.

Nearly one year into his job, Wolfe said working as a beat reporter has been exciting.

“I hit the ground running,” Wolfe said. “The job is high pressure for sure but I was never going to let anybody think it was too much for me.”

While there is no typical day for a sports reporter, Wolfe devotes every ounce of energy and time to covering his beat.

“I am at the facility everyday. Practice, games, etc. You have to own your beat,” Wolfe said. “Daily interviews, daily stories. It’s a 24/7 on-call job.”

In just one year, Wolfe has covered numerous stories that gained national attention. He broke the story about Broncos’ wide receiver Demaryius Thomas’ mother coming to see his first game ever. He also covered the story about the CSU assistant coaches after Jim McElwain left and Super Bowl 50.

Wolfe said covering the Super Bowl has been his best moment thus far while working at the Denver Post.

“I dreamed of just going to the Super Bowl and now I covered it at 22,” Wolfe said.

Before he began entering the Broncos locker room for interviews or walking into Sports Authority Field at Mile High on Sundays during football season, Wolfe grew up playing football at the safety position.

Realizing that he did not want to play after high school, he began to focus on his career as a sports journalist in college.

Wolfe wasted no time in preparing for his future. He started interning at different media outlets in his sophomore year.

Over the span of four years, Wolfe worked and interned in a variety of national and local media outlets.

He interned with numerous ESPN sports radio shows, worked as a news intern for KTRK ABC-13 in Houston, worked as an editor and sports reporter for El Gato Media Network, served as executive producer and sports anchor for the student video network, In the Game, as well as interned and worked on the sports desk at The Houston Chronicle.

Wolfe said he is glad that he did not limit himself to one medium in college.

“Journalism is transitioning into all digital. You can’t just write,” Wolfe said. “TV, radio and print are all blending into one.”

Today, Wolfe finds himself encouraging other young, aspiring sports reporters to make the most of their journalism opportunities in college.

“I tell aspiring sports reporters to do everything, TV, writing and radio. If I could go back and take more digital and web classes, I would. Experience is priceless,” Wolfe said. “Never say no to an assignment because somebody is always watching.”

Just a year ago, Wolfe was trying to pave a way for himself in the media industry.

Now, as many journalism students prepare to graduate from college, Wolfe said it is important for students to know that timing is very important when searching for jobs.

“Sometimes there’s no job. However, if you’re good enough, companies will find a way to keep you. Trust me,” Wolfe said. “Always give your all in your opportunities and internships. Work extra, even if you don’t think anyone is watching.”

As for Wolfe, he plans to elevate his opportunities and continue to live out his dreams in the Mile High City.

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