Temple’s Advanced Sports Reporting class, part of the university’s Klein College of Media and Communication, reports stories in and around the city of Philadelphia on a variety of different digital platforms. The class is also one of several that is part of Klein’s newly-established Sports Media Certificate program.

Our student staff from the Spring 2022 class

Alexis Beckett

Owen Boyle

Mike Cornaglia

Max Green

Max Gretzula

Jordan Kligman

Sean McMenamin

Luke Meli

Stevie Nettles

Cayden Steele

Brandan Thomas

Evan Tonrey

Greg Van Riper

Miles West

Isaiah Wilbourn

Alex Zywalewski

Our Fall 2021 produced stories covering issues like Name, Image and Likeness and Temple’s mental health resources for its student athletes.

Matthew Aquino – A senior journalism major who writes for The Temple News after starting as a freelancer in the fall of 2020, Aquino has also written for the Temple Update Sportsdesk and has produced for OwlSports Update in the past. When he’s not writing, you can find him going to concerts, watching sports, listening to music and binge-watching Netflix series.

Victoria Ayala – A senior neuroscience major from North Philadelphia, Victoria is currently working with The Temple News as the Assistant Sports Editor. She is using this class as a tool to improve her sports writing after serving as an assistant news editor at The Temple News during the 2020-21 academic year.  She is a Philly sports fan and loves to combine her love for sports, writing and neuroscience. After college, she hopes to continue to medical school to become a neurologist who works with professional athletes in sports at high risk for head injuries, like football.

Jesse Dimich-Louvet – I am half- French, half-American and was born in Billings, Montana where I lived until the age of 12. I then moved to a bilingual school in Paris, France until the age of 16.  After a lot of tough conversations and the potential excitement of playing high school sports, I moved back to Montana to finish off high school. Much of my time in high school was spent either playing or watching sports. I was fascinated with the promo videos that ESPN would make regarding the biggest events in sports and cultivated a passion for documentaries. I was the sports editor for our school newspaper, were I started my own blog.  Despite my passion of wanting to play college tennis and winning the state title as a Sophomore, my potential was detected in another sport that I shared much less affinity for: cross country and track. During my senior year I was recruited to run cross country for some school in Philadelphia that was not Villanova but located on North Broad Street: Temple University.  After a difficult freshman year during the pandemic, my interest for running faded and my passion for journalism and storytelling blossomed. I got involved with Owl Sports Update and The Temple News. This past summer I took the most difficult decision of my life, when I decided to trade in my shoes for even more textbooks with the excitement of learning all the phenomenal opportunities Klein had to offer. I don’t not know what the future holds but I am excited to take this next step in my journey.

Javon Edmonds – A junior Journalism major from Baltimore, Edmonds serves as the Programming Director for WHIP Radio, Temple’s student-run station. The 20-year-old got his start with WHIP as a co-host in WHIP’s sports department. During his sophomore year, Edmonds pitched the idea of and produced Around The American, a weekly social media show focusing on athletics in the American Athletic Conference. Starting off as a WHIP exclusive, the show had AAC commissioner Mike Aresco and ESPN’s Kevin Negandhi, a Klein alum, as hosts in its first season. Since then, the show has expanded to include student media from seven of The American’s 11 football-playing schools. Now, the junior interns as a staff writer for OwlScoop.com, Temple’s Yahoo!/Rivals affiliate. Edmonds also begins a Sports Programming internship with SiriusXM’s Fight Nation channel in 2022.

Ajay Patel –An  aspiring sports media talent, Ajay wrapped up his first full year of college. Now a sophomore, Ajay has gotten involved with media outlets at Temple such as WHIP and OwlSports Update. Ajay is also a Klein College Peer Mentor and serves on the Dean’s Student Advisory Council. On the weekends, you can find him checking out new food places, exploring the city, and hanging out with his friends.

Valerie PendrakValerie is a sophomore Communication Studies major with a minor in sports management. Valerie grew up in the suburbs of Philadelphia and graduated from William Tennent High School. She is a huge Philly sports fan and has been since the time she was old enough to listen to her father yelling at the television on a Sunday afternoon watching the Eagles. Valerie has grown up playing sports, especially swimming and basketball. Sports have modeled her into the person she is today, and she one day hopes to work as a part of a sports team’s non-profit helping others in need while continuing to support her love for sports.

Rymir Vaughn