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Former UHart Basketball Star Begins Career Off the Court

Posted 10/01/2015
Posted by Meagan Fazio

Amber Bepko during her playing days at the University of Hartford.

Amber Bepko during her playing days at the University of Hartford.

Amber Bepko ’15 had a plan. She would finish her senior season on the University of Hartford women’s basketball team and continue her playing career overseas. Unfortunately, a knee injury in the America East Championship game in March of 2015 put that plan on hold. But Bepko had a second goal in the back of her mind: becoming a sports broadcaster. She accomplished it much sooner than she expected.

Just a few months after graduating with a degree in communications, Bepko landed a job with the Northeast Conference in Somerset, N.J. She is the main media contact for the women’s volleyball, women’s soccer, and men’s and women’s cross country teams in the conference. (She will add more sports to her roster once the new season starts.) She provides reporters with write-ups about the games, posts statistics to the conference website, and appears in video reports online, like this one:

“I get to do a little bit of everything with this job,” Bepko explains. “I get to write and I get to be an on-air talent straight out of college. This is a great opportunity.”

How did she get to do all of this so early in her career? Bepko credits the classes she took in the College of Arts and Science’s School of Communication.

“I learned to keep in mind who I’m writing for, what I need to get to early in my articles, and what I can save for later. My journalism class [with Visiting Assistant Professor Nancy Cohen] helped me tremendously. Some of the things my boss has said to me, I’ve thought, ‘Those are pretty much the exact words my professor told me. That was really useful!’”

Her other favorite class was video production, during which she and a team of classmates would find a story, conduct interviews, shoot video, deliver an on-air report, and then edit it all into a finished product.

“[The video class] is probably one of the biggest things that’s helped me with the on-air part of the job,” says Bepko. “The first time I did it at work, I was giddy and nervous because it was real, not just for class. It was going to be seen by hundreds of people! But it was awesome. I’m really lucky I took the classes I did.”

While Bepko is enjoying her current job, she hasn’t completely given up on her dream to play professional basketball. She is continuing to rehab from her injury and manages to fit in some shooting practice at a basketball court near her new apartment. In the meantime, she has some advice for UHart students pursuing their own dreams, whatever they may be.

“Make sure you have fun with it,” she says. “Don’t stress too much about it because that’s probably going to hurt you more than anything. If you’re not having fun with it, you’re not going to do your best.”
Amber Bepko during her playing days at the University of Hartford.

Amber Bepko during her playing days at the University of Hartford.