March Madness

March 30, 2018

By Heather Baker

It’s March Madness and one Bradley Brave is going to the final four! He might not be making three-pointers but he is pursuing his dream. Sports communication alumnus Pablo Iglesias ’17 is covering the NCAA men’s basketball Final Four as a freelance photographer with Eagle Broadcasting Company out of the Philippines. He has been freelancing with Eagle News as a photographer, videographer and on-air reporter providing pre- and post-game footage of NBA games.

His friend and fellow Eagle News freelancer approached him about going to San Antonio to cover the final games. An avid sports fan, he immediately accepted the offer and has been trying to wrap his head around it ever since. “I am expecting chaos," he said. "There will be so many media outlets there, much more than I’m used to at NBA games. Even though it will be a lot, I am embracing it head-on. You can’t be afraid of a challenge. I just have to remember this is where I want to be and take advantage of the opportunity.” The Chicago native is also excited to watch Loyola — whose most-recent loss was to Bradley.

In addition to covering the Final Four, Iglesias has been assigned a Spurs-Rockets game and the basketball hall of fame announcement, all within a three-day period. “It will take its toll but I will be building memorable moments that will get me further in the long run," he said.

Iglesias’ full-time job is working in the marketing department at his high school alma mater, Mount Carmel in Chicago. His favorite part is serving as moderator for the school’s broadcast program, which he also participated in as a student. “I love getting to share my experiences with the students and show them what is possible," he said.

For the school’s last home football game, Iglesias recruited help to build a sports desk and platform, ordered sports coats for the students and let them host a live sports show complete with on-air interviews during half-time.

As an undergraduate, Iglesias was involved in ACBU, Student Senate and Lambda Chi Alpha. He took advantage of opportunities to pursue his passions, meet new people and develop the skills he would need to make his sports anchor dream possible. He was a sports anchor for BUTV news, which helped him work through his nerves of live television. “It is amazing to say that at 22, I am able to give advice about live TV," he said.

Iglesias does not shy away from a challenge and is grateful for every opportunity that is placed before him. He was honored to be chosen as the Student Admissions Representative to show actor Neil Flynn ’83 around campus when he received the AFA-NIET’s Distinguished Alumni Award. When one of his heroes, Charley Steiner ’71, came to Bradley for the naming of the Charley Steiner School of Sports Communication, Iglesias was chosen by his sports announcing and anchoring class teammates to host the one-on-one interview with Steiner. These experiences, along with the guidance of his amazing communications teachers played a major role in helping Iglesias develop his craft and think about media and journalism on a deeper level.

Through the Bradley Hollywood Semester, Iglesias received a marketing and advertising internship with the L.A. Dodgers and helped write segments for the on-air talent of AM 570 L.A. Sports. “These experiences were unbelievable," he said. "AM 570 threw me right into writing a segment, let me go on-air and gave me an on-air tribute at the end of my internship during which Charley Steiner wished me the best.”

Passion for sports broadcasting started at 10 years old. His mom remembers wondering who he was talking to while playing sports video games. Iglesias laughs as he shares, “I was doing the play-by-play of my video game.”

His advice to current sports communication students is to not let rejection knock you down. Keep pushing to always be your best, and that first "yes" will be one of the greatest feelings in the world. He adds, “You never know where you can end up. If someone told me a year ago that I would be covering the Final Four, I wouldn’t have believed them.” Talking with Steiner helped him realize you don’t need to be the next so and so. Instead you should be the only you and make sure you are making the type of impact only you can make.