Dallas sportscaster recalls the impact of his SMU experience
A key player in the local sportscasting world, KDFW-TV FOX 4 Dallas’ Edward Egros is for the fans. He wants to help people by spreading information via sportscasting as opposed to another medium; for him, it’s all about visual storytelling in 2018.
“I do enjoy both writing and radio; however, the visual medium is the best in my opinion, with regards to showing someone something especially like analytics,” Egros said. “It truly has the most advantages over other forms of media.”
Originally hailing from Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Egros wanted to see somewhere else without going too far away from home. That’s how he ended up at Southern Methodist University. He had always wanted to pursue some sort of career in journalism, but was not quite sure about the analytics aspect early on.
When asked about his favorite class while at SMU, Egros struggled to pick just one. He was torn between a freshman poetry class taught by Willard Spiegelman and intro to econometrics taught by Tom Fomby. The latter piqued his interest in the overlap of sports and analytics.
“There was a class period where we learned how to take baseball data and use it for regression analysis, and that really sparked my interest for the analytical side of things.” Egros said.
The strength of SMU’s journalism department was what brought him to the Hilltop for his undergraduate studies. Professors like Fomby, as well as his first basic audio and video production professor Michele Houston led him to graduate in 2006 with dual degrees in journalism and economics.
Today, Egros is the weekend sports anchor/reporter at KDFW-TV FOX 4, as well as an avid sports analytics enthusiast. His website is designed to share researched ideas in the same way a journalist would deliver a compelling story, while tying in a multitude of opportunities to use quantitative tools to find current trends and attempt to predict the outcomes of sporting events.
Egros believes that his SMU experience afforded him the resources to succeed in the professional world.
“I would say that it is so important to be in a good environment that allows you to put out solid work, which is much easier said than done,” Egros said. “SMU has some of the best resources out there and I wish that more students would take advantage.”