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Hill Climbers: D.C. Is ‘Like Politics in a Blender’

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Although he’s working on a different kind of sideline now, Abe Rakov said his sports reporter education has come in handy in the political realm.

Although hes working on a different kind of sideline now, Rakov said his sports reporter education has come in handy. The skills I learned at Northwestern University are something that help me in every aspect of my job, he said, whether its using [Associated Press] style or writing quickly on a deadline. 

Rakov explained that Northwestern also provided him with new-media skills such as creating podcasts, editing video and using social media tools that have helped him. 

And while hes not writing about sports, hes still a fan. Probably three-quarters of my tweets involve sports, he said, the majority of which pertain to his beloved Wildcats. Im an irrational Northwestern fan, he admitted, a distinct labor of love. The schools football team hasnt won a bowl game since 1948, and its basketball team has never been to the NCAA tournament.

Now that hes in the District, Rakov is trying to become more of a D.C. sports fan. Although he will always root for South Florida teams, Rakov said he will make a point of going to Washington sporting events. For now, hes focused on finding a team to cheer for when his alma mater isnt playing. I still havent decided between Georgetown and Maryland, he said.

 

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