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Susan Shan

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What is your favorite part about being a sports writer?

The fact that I get to meet athletes and do something that I love - living sports.  This is a dream job for me.


What advice do you have for an aspiring sports writer?

Write everyday.  Write as often as they can.  Experiment with different types of writing - creative writing or even poetry.  As a sports writer, you will need to write all types of formats - features, hard news stories, recaps, columns...  It's always good to experiment and expand the types of writing that you do.


Who were your heroes growing up?

My sport hero was Hakeem Olajuwon.  He came to the US from Nigeria.  He didn't start playing basketball until very late.  He was a soccer player.  He came to the US with no money and was very poor.  It was a huge culture shock.  He has managed to remain humble and true to his religion.


What was your favorite subject in school?

My favorite subject in school was definitely English.  I had the opportunity to write and also read many different types of books.  It didn't feel like work to me.


What was the most unusual interview you have had so far?

When I was 16, I interviewed Donovan McNabb.  He took the recorder out of my hand and interviewed me.  I thought that was really neat.  It was a really great experience.


What would be your dream interview?

I would love to interview Michael Vick. Some people are forgiving of him and others are not.  I would like to sit down to make my own judgement.  If he has changed, I'd like to paint a picture to the world that we need to give him a 2nd chance.  If he hasn't changed, that would be important to share as well.  What we have heard is public relations at this point.  We don't really know what he is really feeling.