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Karthik Venkataraman

Posted: 10:48 AM, Nov 02, 2018
Updated: 2018-11-02 16:21:45Z

My sister and I were competitive when I was younger. When I was about five years old, we played this computer game where you trek into a jungle. I was always afraid she’d get further than me in the game, so I’d hide it. One night, I had the great idea that I would hide it on top of a lamp. It had no cover, so the disc was touching the light bulb, which was on. Not too much later, the house was filling with smoke. I almost started a fire.

My dad and sister were home and my mom was on her way back to our house. She was not very happy. I was terrified of the scolding I was about to get from my momma, so I went and hid by my calmed down dad. He was watching basketball. Specifically, he was watching Michael Jordan. It was the first time I ever watched sports and boy was it the perfect first athlete to watch. In a night mixed with many emotions, the one that stuck out most was love for a new passion. It’s a passion that I couldn’t have imagined then would take me to where I am today. I’m a digital sports content producer for Omaha Sports Insider for KMTV.

To rewind before I got this job, choosing sports journalism wasn’t exactly what I planned as my career. I graduated from East Tennessee State University as a biology major wanting to be a doctor. While I pursued that career, I still followed sports religiously. And as years passed, it really hit me that I just really didn’t want to be a doctor. More than just sports, I wanted to tell stories. I wanted to be an entertainer. I wanted to be a trailblazer. I wanted to be a sports journalist.

I self-taught myself to put together stories before working for a short time as a news multimedia journalist for a couple of TV stations in my hometown area, Tennessee's Tri-Cities. I enjoyed news, but I wanted to do sports more. I decided the best way to chase my dream was to get an education in journalism since I never did. I went on to attend Syracuse University and graduated with a master’s in broadcast digital journalism with a sports communication emphasis. After finishing up there, I came to Omaha for this job.

I’ve had quite the adventure getting here, and as you can probably tell I love telling stories. This one is mine, but I want to tell yours. If you have a story idea, hit me up and let’s talk about it. I hope to serve this community by telling the incredible stories in this area.

Email Karthik at karthik.venkataraman@3newsnow.com , or tweet him @TheSuperKman .