Sports Journalists – Mark Skol, 24
By James Grant
Mark Skol, sports director at WNDU in South Bend, Indiana, talked a lot about covering Notre Dame sports during the coronavirus pandemic, and how he has had to adjust the way he does his job in some ways. He mentioned how he has had to do Zoom interviews with Notre Dame Football Head Coach Brian Kelly instead of live press conferences with the coach. He also talked about how he decided to cover the retirement of legendary Notre Dame Women’s Basketball Head Coach Muffet McGraw, which involved interviewing her on the court at Notre Dame’s basketball arena while maintaining his social distance because of the pandemic. Mark talked about how he has done more on-air segments spotlighting local senior athletes whose seasons have been cancelled because of the pandemic.
“The first three days when I got back, so that Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday following everything cancelling, I was live at the station, but like outside. They didn’t want me going into the studio, doing all that kind of stuff.”