Leif Skodnick’s Resume

Leif Skodnick

lss2162@columbia.edu

Twitter: @LeifSkodnick

Experience

Freelance Sports Radio Correspondent – Various Networks (2007-Present)

Provide live radio updates and assistance to post-game program at New Orleans Saints home games for NFL Gameday on ESPN Radio. Wrote and voiced NBA, NFL, and college football game previews, filed postgame stories, recorded and edited sound clips from postgame press conferences and media availability. Provided content for ESPN Radio, Yahoo! Sports Radio, Sirius/XM, Fox Sports Radio, Metro Networks, and Associated Press Radio.

Director of Broadcasting and Communications – Mississippi Sea Wolves/Mississippi Surge Professional Hockey, Biloxi, MS (2007-2010); Johnstown Chiefs Professional Hockey, Johnstown, PA (2006-2007)

Provided play-by-play for radio and Internet broadcasts; edited media guide, game notes, and press releases.  Produced content for team website including graphics, articles audio, and video features; worked with news and sports media.

Public Relations Graduate Assistant – Buffalo Sabres, Buffalo, NY (2005-2006)

Assisted with daily activities of a National Hockey League team public relations department; prepared game notes and statistics for each home game and assisted with the game program.  Assisted with annual publications of a National Lacrosse League team; edited an annual media guide and yearbook; promoted the team to local and national media.

Communications Intern – ECHL, Inc., Princeton, NJ (2003-2005)

Assisted with public relations for North America-wide professional hockey league; contributed to Guide and Record Book and the Kelly Cup Finals Media Guide; wrote weekly feature articles for ECHL.com and NHL.com.

Education

Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, New York, NY

Master of Science, 2014. Focused on news and business reporting across multiple platforms. Additional coursework in deadline business reporting, video and audio editing, and photography. Seminar coursework in long-form digital media and sports journalism. Covered a homicide and murder trial, horse racing, college basketball, farm labor, and stop-and-frisk protests. Wrote masters project on Van Cortlandt Park Golf Course in the Bronx.

Mississippi College School of Law, Jackson, MS

Juris Doctor, Cum Laude, 2013. Coursework focused on business transactions, mergers and acquisitions, finance, and securities. Served as Production Editor of Mississippi College Law Review. Wrote casenote on railroad employment liability case. Participated in summer program in Berlin, Germany, with coursework on European Union Law, international finance and hedge fund regulation. Assisted Professor Christoph Henkel in researching organization of over-the-counter derivatives trading clearinghouses.

St. Lawrence University, Canton, NY

Bachelor of Arts in History and Canadian Studies, 2002. Additional coursework in literature, government, and sociology. Traveled by train from Ontario to British Columbia as part of coursework focusing on the literature and history of Western Canada. Elected student body vice president.

Skills and Awards

Languages: German (conversational); French (elementary)

Other skills: Adobe Creative Suite, Adobe Audition, Adobe Premiere Pro, QuarkXPress, New Jersey Certified Firefighter

Awards: Mississippi Young Lawyers Fellow, 2012. ECHL All-Star Game Broadcaster, 2008. Princeton, NJ Firefighter of the Year, 2004. Alexander Black Medal for Contributions to Campus Journalism, 2001.

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