Helwani is a mixed martial arts reporter and Newhouse School of Public Communications alumnus, co-hosts the DC & Helwani podcast on ESPN+ with former UFC fighter Daniel Cormier.
On Wednesday night, he spoke virtually to Syracuse students about his path to becoming a sports reporter and the challenges he faced at Syracuse, such as struggling to find the right media outlet for him.
Helwani was in ninth grade and was hiding an issue of Sports Illustrated behind the book he was supposed to be reading.
While reading, he came across some of the top-ranked broadcasting schools, and although he had never considered it before, he realized he could turn his passion for sports reporting into a career. That’s when Helwani came across Syracuse.