Adam Cohen

Hometown: Lawrenceville, NJ

Major: Telecommunications

Years at IU: 2011-2015

What he did at IU: I came to Indiana with the initiative to get heavily involved with the student media programs and I was able to carry out that plan during my four years. I worked as a sports broadcaster and talk show host at WIUX. As a sophomore and junior, I served as Co-Sports Director for the station and was the Programming Director for 99.1 FM as a senior. With WIUX, I was able to broadcast several games each year including IU men’s basketball during the 2013 and 2015 NCAA Tournaments. Additionally, I was part of the Big Ten StudentU program for all 4 years broadcasting a variety of sports. I was the official voice of IU Women’s Soccer in 2014 and was part of Indiana’s first ever live student-produced broadcast on BTN, an exhibition men’s basketball game. During my senior year, I also held the position of Technical Producer for IUSTV News.

What he does now: I am a Broadcast Associate for CBS Sports, based out of New York City. My main responsibility is being a graphics producer for live telecasts of the NFL, NCAA basketball/football, and golf. Throughout the year, I travel around the country to be a part of the production crew for these events. I’m working with our team to create graphics both leading up to the event and in-game, as well as assisting with video elements such as editing and screening. I’ve been able to work closely with our CBS broadcasters including Jim Nantz, Spero Dedes, Andrew Catalon,Tony Romo and Phil Simms for broadcasts such as the AFC Championship, NCAA Tournament, and the Masters. I started this position in the summer of 2015, soon after I graduated, and it’s been a tremendous experience.

Advice for sports media students: Work hard! There is no shortcut to achieving your goals in the sports media industry. Indiana offers so much, but it’s up to you to take advantage of it. Commit to an organization enough to eventually hold a leadership position. The amount of experiences you can get and relationships you can build will go up considerably if you become a trusted commodity within an organization. Don’t burn bridges and don’t take yourself too seriously while you’re in college. There’s no need for it. You’re all part of a learning environment right now. Get experience doing a variety of things and try to get internships. This can help you find out what you don’t like to do, as well as find different opportunities than what you thought existed. And of course, networking and relationship-building will be necessary to getting the jobs you want. Submitting a resume blindly somewhere will not help you as much as being in contact with someone who works there. Stay on the lookout for people to get to know. Fortunately, the IU sports media alumni base is a great place to start!