Recent Graduate: Nick McCarvel

Nick McCarvel '08, journalist

On a trip to New York City during his junior year at Seattle U, Nick McCarvel walked into the office of Tennis Magazine and asked about an internship. Eight years after graduating with a degree in journalism, McCarvel covers major sporting events of all types on every continent.

McCarvel came to Seattle University specifically for its journalism program and Seattle’s big city allure. Originally from Helena, Montana, he helped lead a student effort to eliminate the sale of bottled water on campus and led retreats though Campus Ministry. A Naef scholar, he joined the ranks of Seattle’s barista community to supplement his grant, a move which proved helpful when he graduated.

After landing an internship at Tennis Magazine between his junior and senior years, McCarvel returned to New York City after graduation. To support himself while seeking a job in journalism, he worked as a barista and in the bookstore run by Housing Works, a nonprofit that provides services for people with AIDS and those who are homeless. His first major byline, a blog post about Venus Williams at Wimbledon for the New York Times, came in 2009, and helped launch his freelance work. 

Since 2012, McCarvel has traveled around the world covering major sporting events, and his credits including USA Today, The Daily Beast, ESPN, and NBC Olympics. His tennis reporting has taken him from New York to Singapore, Melbourne, Paris, London and beyond, while he covered figure skating at the 2014 Sochi Winter Games, and gymnastics and other sports at the Rio Olympics last summer.

As a freelance journalist, McCarvel has grown his work to include video hosting. At world-class tennis events he helps oversee the event websites and social media, often working with a staff that includes writers, photographers and videographers.

“Everything is immediate at these events, and we do intense preparation in advance – interviewing the athletes, compiling statistics – so that we have a lot of video, audio, and stats on tap as events unfold,” he said.

McCarvel spends much of his time now working for the US Olympic Committee, which manages 30 sports. He most recently covered the New York City Marathon for, covering renowned Paralympic athlete Tatyana McFadden.

“Journalism continues to change as the digital landscape expands, but the skills remain the same,” he added. “Professor Sonora Jha was a guiding light. Thanks to her and the journalism faculty I got the foundation to get me where I am today.”

You can see McCarvel in action here:

Photo by Jimmie 48 Tennis Photography

Published January 2, 2017

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