Austin Kim joined the ABC 17 News team in 2013 as sports director. He may not care about your fantasy football team, but he does care about your local sports teams.
Since returning to Columbia, Mizzou Athletics has kept Austin and the ABC 17 Sports Department very busy. Austin has covered Michael Sam's coming out, the Mizzou Football boycott, several coaching changes, several athletic director changes, two SEC Championship games and two World Series. His time at ABC 17 has been a welcomed professional challenge, covering stories that go beyond the game and going against the notion sports anchor should "stick to sports."
Sometimes, the Mizzou news cycle will slow down to allow ABC 17 to cover local college and high school sports. Connecting with local athletes and coaches is a priority for the ABC 17 Sports Department. Sharing their stories is one of the perks of the job. At the same time, the daily goal is to connect our local sports community with a non-sports audience, whether through a feature or a sportscast.
Austin was honored with first place in the "sports" category by the Missouri Broadcasters Association for his feature on Ryleigh Patience, Mizzou Softball's bat girl who fights Hurler Syndrome. Austin and his team also won gold at the KC Press Club Awards for a 30-minute special called "Tiger Turnaround: The Pinkel Years." In additon to these awards, Austin completed a punch card at a local coffee shop in two weeks. He was also upgraded to first class for one flight when an airline cancelled his other connections after a 6-hour delay. Consequently, when he landed, the airline lost his luggage.
Austin is a graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism. In additional to his duties at ABC 17, he also serves as an adjunct professor for the School of Journalism, teaching multimedia sports journalism. He was born and raised in St. Louis and worked in the sports department at WCIA in Champaign, IL for two years. While Austin may be one of the least athletic people you may ever meet, he has completed a couple half-marathons and frequents the MKT. His other personal interests include drinking unhealthy amounts of coffee, singing in the car by himself, going to concerts and watching House Hunters or Food Network (along with ABC 17 News).
Feel free to reach out to Austin via Email, Twitter or Facebook. He is always looking for story ideas and appreciates any help from the loyal viewers in Mid-Missouri.