Hello. We haven’t formally met but my name is Alex Gruberman and I am the new sports reporter for the O’Fallon Weekly. I want you, the readers, to know a little bit about me and why sports are a big part of my life.
When I was young, sports were a part of my day-to-day activities. Whether it was my dad trying to make me into a Dodgers fan or running around the house kicking every ball I possibly could, sports were a major part of my life. This small obsession of sports led me to play soccer, baseball, and basketball for the O’Fallon Boosters Club. I’ve been a bowler since I was five years old. Later in my years I would return to the Boosters as a baseball and softball umpire. I would go on to umpire for the Boosters until they closed. Then I umpired for the City of O’Fallon Parks & Recreation.
I attended O’Fallon Township High School and graduated in 2010. While in high school I was on the bowling team for three years. I made quite a few friendships while bowling for O’Fallon including former sports reporter Sam Scinta.
After graduating high school, I went on to Southwestern Illinois College to get my general education classes completed and received my Associates in Arts degree. After completing SWIC, I attended Greenville College, where I majored in Communications, with an emphasis on Mass Communication. There I had the opportunity to work for WGRN, the college radio station, where I worked on their broadcasts of local football, baseball, softball, and basketball games. I also was an Assistant Sports Director and then the Sports Director at WGRN. I currently am the Public Address Announcer for Greenville’s men and women’s basketball games. I love this field and I know it is something I want to do for the rest of my life.
Over the last two years, I’ve attended over more than forty Cardinals games. Additionally, I have attended Blues hockey games over this season, including the Winter Classic, and for some reason still continue to root for the Minnesota Vikings week after week, even when they are not in the playoffs. Sports are a key component to my life and I am happy to have the opportunity to share this passion with you.
Contact me at Alex@OFallonWeekly.com.