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WIU Alum Covers the World Series
November 6, 2013
MACOMB, IL – A Western Illinois University alumnus with a love of sports spent a recent assignment covering the World Series in Boston, MA.
Michael V. Curkov, a 2006 broadcasting graduate, is the sports director at WFFF/WVNY Fox 44/ABC 22 in Burlington, Vermont. He is currently the sportscast anchor for the nightly news at 6, 7 and 11 p.m. on ABC 22 and the 10 p.m. newscast on Fox 44.
Curkov said he photographs, writes and edits most of his own content and the number one team in his market is University of Vermont (UVM) athletics, especially UVM basketball and hockey.
This fall, Curkov was sent to Fenway Park to cover the World Series for his station's parent company, Nexstar Broadcasting.
"My coverage from Boston was available to any station in our company that wanted to use it," he said. "It aired in Vermont, Indiana, Missouri, Arkansas, Tennessee and even in the Quad Cities."
Curkov covered 20 stories in over just three days at Fenway Park.
Despite being assigned to cover the Red Sox, Curkov said he has "always been and always will be a Chicago White Sox Fan."
"Nothing's going to change that," he said. "Not even seeing the Red Sox win it all."
Before his recent job-related move to Vermont, Curkov lived in Chicago and worked for WGN-TV and Tribune Broadcasting, where he produced a home improvement television show and earned a local Emmy nomination. He now lives in Colchester, VT with his wife, Allison.
After getting his broadcasting background at Western, Curkov said he is thankful for the opportunities he was presented with at the University.
"I had the grades and ACT scores to go anywhere in the country, but I chose Western because there were opportunities there that aren't provided as early and often anywhere else. I was announcing Western Illinois softball on 88.3 my second semester in Macomb and doing color analysis and traveling with the men's football and basketball teams by my senior year. The students were the 'voice of the Leathernecks.'"
For more information on WIU's broadcasting program, visit wiu.edu/broadcasting.