Austin joined the ABC 17 Sports team in September 2013 as Sports Director. You can catch him on the air throughout the week and every Sunday night on Sports Zone.
Austin comes from WCIA-TV in Champaign, Ill., where he covered the University of Illinois Fighting Illini and local high school sports. He previously worked at KOMU-TV and Newsy in Columbia, and is excited to be back in Mid-Missouri.
His favorite annual sporting event to cover is the Braggin' Rights game in St. Louis (when Mizzou and Illinois face off on the basketball court). His favorite moment on the job was being on the court in Oklahoma City, as Missouri men's basketball won its first-ever Big 12 tournament in 2009.
He is constantly looking for new story ideas that highlight the communities in the viewing area, and something that appeals to both a sports and non-sports audience. Austin believes in getting out in the field himself, not just running the same old highlights from the anchor desk. Next time you see him out shooting a game or a feature, say 'hello.' Feel free to e-mail story ideas so he can showcase the great accomplishments in Mid-Missouri.