Meet Bobby Nightengale
Position at The Enquirer: Cincinnati Reds beat reporters.
Why I became a journalist
It was what I wanted to be when I was a kid. My dad is TODAY a baseball columnist for the USA. My mother was an editor for the Minneapolis Star Tribune and the Los Angeles Times before she started her sports photography business. I went to the Star Tribune office a couple of times with my mom and thought it was the coolest place.
What I like best about my job
Baseball has always been my favorite sport, so I’m fortunate enough to work in an area that I’m passionate about. As my grandfather often tells me, “You get paid for what many people would pay for it.”
A story that I worked on had a lasting impact on me
I wrote a story last year about the former Reds pitcher and now the broadcaster Danny Graves. He was very open to his battle with depression as a player and many difficult moments in his life. It was amazing how honest he was about everything, but it’s a good reminder that athletes (and people in all fields) can have tough fights beneath the surface.
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What is the biggest challenge I face?
Professionally trying to get people to read each story during a 162 game season and the off-season. Personally, my New Year’s resolution last year was to practice Spanish every day. I’ve come a long way, but I still have a long way to go before I find myself near fluent.
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What I like to do when I’m not working
I started cooking a lot more after the quarantine started, so this has become a new hobby. I watch a lot of sports on TV and there are some reality TV shows that I keep up with on a regular basis.
Favorite Cincinnati, Northern Kentucky event or tradition
Western and Southern Open. I started playing tennis a few years ago and it’s amazing to see the best of the best up close.
Why journalism is important
People in power and in institutions must be held accountable. In my first year at a newspaper, another reporter discovered a $ 1 million payment from the city for an open-ended infrastructure project that was unknown to the public. It was a major oversight, added transparency, and was a good lesson on the value of watchdog journalism.
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