Alum of the Month: July 2012
Khalil Garriott (G ‘10)
Khalil Garriott often tackled sports stories while in the MPS Journalism program, so it’s no surprise that he continues to excel in sports writing. Khalil, who graduated from the program in Fall 2010, currently works as a Website Editor for the National Football League Players Association and writes about NFL-related topics ranging from draft picks and Super Bowl champions to league community service and players’ sidelining injuries. Khalil recently won a 2012 Dateline Award for excellence in local journalism for his story about one Super Bowl-winning football team’s long-overdue trip to the White House. He shared with us his personal and professional gains from the program.
1. Tell us how your degree from the Journalism program has helped you in your current job.
My Master’s degree in Journalism from Georgetown helped elevate me to assume a greater responsibility in my current position. It also gave me the necessary skills to take on different projects at work plus help pass on what I learned in graduate school to others.
2. Why did you pick Georgetown’s Journalism program? How did you hear about us?
When the program was created, it immediately shot up on the list of options on my radar. I believe I originally heard about it through an ad placed in the Washington Post Express newspaper. It didn’t hurt that a friend from undergrad was the director of the program at the time, so I was able to learn more about it and quickly knew it was the right choice.
3. Twitter or Facebook?
Twitter. The only thing that might make me give in to Facebook is the recent birth of my niece…her parents post pictures and videos of her there, so I may eventually relent!
4. Who is your favorite working journalist?
Naturally, I’m partial to the ones that cover sports. I have to respect Adam Schefter,Cindy Boren, Mike Florio, Bill Simmons and Rick Reilly. Plus, the Tony Kornheiser-Michael Wilbon duo is still getting it done.
5. What one piece of advice would you give current students?
Get the most out of the program that you possibly can. Develop and nurture relationships with your classmates, professors and others associated with the program. Stay humble and grounded. Study hard and work hard, but don’t get trapped in the “grad school bubble” and keep your sights set on the bigger picture. Make friendships and stay connected. Attend events and let people know who you are and what you can do.