Covering the Olympic Games: Steve Smith and All-Star Journalist Panel

Apr 5, 2014

Thursday 4pm at WKAR | Watch the LIVE WEBCAST or BE IN THE AUDIENCE as an all-star panel of sports journalists share their experience covering Olympic Games around the world.

If you have ever wondered what it is like to cover the Olympic Games, now is your chance to hear first-hand from a panel of sports journalists who have traveled to Olympic host cities around the world.

The public is invited to attend "Covering the Olympic Games: All-Star Panel" from 4 to 5 p.m. Thursday, April 10, in WKAR Studio A in the Communication Arts and Sciences Building on the campus of Michigan State University. | REGISTER HERE

MSU Athletics Hall of Famer, NBA All-Star, U.S. Olympic Gold Medalist and NBA TV sports analyst Steve Smith will serve as moderator.

WKAR "Current Sports" host and CAS alumnus Al Martin will kick off the event and interview Smith, asking him to share his experience winning an Olympic gold medal with the U.S.A. men's basketball team at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, Australia.

Then, four all-star sports journalists will share their experiences covering the Olympics, including the recent Winter Games in Sochi, Russia. All are graduates of the College of Communciation Arts and Sciences at Michigan State University.

Joining Smith for the discussion will be:

Jo-Ann Barnas, a freelance reporter and 1984 journalism graduate who has covered eight Olympics  for the Detroit Free Press and Olympic News Service:  Nagano, Sydney, Salt Lake City, Athens, Torino, Vancouver, London and Sochi.

Craig Custance, senior NHL writer for ESPN The Magazine and Insider and a 1999 journalism graduate. He covered the 2010 Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver.

Rick Gosselin, a sports columnist for The Dallas Morning News and 1972 journalism graduate. He covered two Summer Olympic Games in Montreal and Los Angeles and the Winter Olympic Games in Calgary.

Charles Robinson, senior investigative reporter for Yahoo! Sports and a 2000 journalism graduate. He covered the last four Olympic Games in Beijing, Vancouver, London and Sochi.

After sharing their experiences at the Olympics, they will answer questions from the audience.

The panel discussion is part of the daylong Spartan Sports Journalism Classic - the annual event that connects today's sports journalism students with Spartan alumni working in the sports media industry across the country.

Tickets to the panel are free, but those wanting to attend should REGISTER HERE. Seating will be offered on a first come, first served basis. Doors will open at 3:30 p.m. |

Parking is free beginning at 3 p.m. at non-metered, unmarked spaces in the Trowbridge Ramp (Ramp 5), which is the ramp south of the Communication Arts and Science Building at Trowbridge and Red Cedar Roads. Metered spaces are $1.25 per hour.