MARYSVILLE — A 2013 graduate of Pacific Lutheran University, Brandon Adam is the newest reporter to join The Marysville Globe and The Arlington Times, but he looks forward to the Marysville and Arlington communities becoming his new home soon enough.
Adam is the new sports reporter for both papers, which marks the culmination of his lifelong love affair with sports, even though he didn't realize until relatively recently that he could make a career out of his interests.
"I always liked sports when I was growing up," Adam said. "I liked keeping up with the games and the athletes, but it wasn't until I transferred to Pacific Lutheran from Bellevue College in 2011 that I learned I could write about it as a job."
While Adam makes an effort to keep himself abreast of important events in as many fields of sports as he can, he admitted that his three favorite sports are football, basketball and wrestling.
"I played football in high school, and I appreciate all the different positions," Adam said. "All the players have significant roles, and I like how they line up and progress the ball."
Adam has followed both football and basketball on TV, but while he was drawn in by NBA games in elementary and middle school, he's just as fond of college basketball and March madness.
"I've never wrestled, but it's like boxing or MMA for me, in that I enjoy seeing contact between two contenders who are physically competing," Adam said.
Adam's first internship was for the Issaquah Press in 2012 as its outdoors and recreation reporter, before he went into multimedia coverage for the nonprofit Discover Parkland last spring. Between that and his post-graduate freelance work for the SnoValley Star, Adam has become well-versed in professional reporting for localized publications.
"I saw them all as tests, to see if I could apply what I'd learned at Pacific Lutheran to the outside world," Adam said. "I think it's demonstrated that I can do journalism, but I'm always looking forward to gaining new experiences and building more skills. You have to keep learning how to do stuff in this field. I want to get feedback, so I can get better."
In addition to becoming more multifaceted as a journalist, Adam is aiming to become a trusted community resource for the readers of Marysville and Arlington.
"Even as a sports reporter, I'm still a journalist and a steward of the public's trust," Adam said. "I want to do that service for the public."