My name’s Alec Lewis and I will be the sports editor for The Maneater in the fall, while also producing some high school sports content for the Columbia Daily Tribune. I’m from Birmingham, Alabama, a place where football is religion — like, literally — and I’m going to be a sophomore. This past summer I interned with the Columbia Tribune writing news, but my love for sports growing up as I played basketball, tennis, baseball and golf has always driven me to work in sports, and The Maneater has given me a great platform to do that.
What are you most looking forward to about your position?
I’m most looking forward to seeking out sports stories that readers don’t see on a daily basis. Everyone sees game stories and everyone sees player features, but I want our readers to know those behind-the-scenes and the logistics of how things work. So, as sports editor it’s about opening the writers’ eyes and readers’ eyes to those stories, which is incredibly intriguing.
What’s your favorite memory from your time at The Maneater so far?
My favorite memory was the week that began on Nov. 8. I remember waking up at 9 a.m. on that Sunday last October, the day after the football team elected to boycott. I had text messages from editors, staff members and rolled out of bed, jumped in the shower and sprinted to the Missouri Athletic Training Complex, which began the week that finished with Missouri beating BYU. I learned more that week journalistically than any other.
What’s your favorite piece of work you’ve done for The Maneater?
My favorite piece of work is the piece Bruno Vernaschi, Will Jarvis and I wrote after the Missouri football boycott. We spent hours upon hours reporting and writing that story — A Sideline Stand — and I’ll never forget the late nights and dinners with writers like Matt Pearce and Wesley Lowery during that process.
How do you like to spend your free time?
I love to watch sports — pick the sport, the team, the time and I will watch. I also love to play golf and basketball, and like seemingly all the millennials these days, give me an HBO show and you won’t see me for a few days.
Where do you see yourself in five years?
For what it’s worth, I spent the most thinking on this question. I’m not sure why, maybe it’s a self check type question, but I see myself at a large media outlet somewhere in this country producing meaningful content, be it in sports or any section. My goals are to cover sports on the highest levels, so I believe I will be making steps to do that.