Getting paid to cover sports is a tough job, but somebody has to do it.
That's been Erik Columbia's tongue-and-cheek motto on the job since he started in the business back in 2008. Covering local sports is Erik's passion, and it has taken him across the country covering some important sporting events. That same passion led Erik to Central New York in 2014 to be a sports videojournalist with Time Warner Cable News.
Starting his career in the Southern Tier as the sports director of WICZ-TV in Binghamton, you could find Erik with B-Sens as they won the Calder Cup, the Binghamton University Bearcats as they marched-madly versus Duke in the NCAA Tournament, and also alongside Jon "Bones" Jones when he captured the UFC Light Heavyweight Title.
Most recently, Erik was the sports director for the NBC affiliate in Flint, Michigan. There he was able to cover the Detroit Tigers as they went to ALCS, and the University of Michigan's march to the Final Four.
Erik is a native of the Great Lakes State, but his travels have taken him up and down the east coast. Erik went to high school and college in Florida, graduating from Palm Beach Atlantic University with a B.A. in radio/TV news.
Along with his wife Kate, and their dog Franzen, Erik is thrilled to be in Central New York covering one of the most underrated sports towns in all of the country. Send him your sports story ideas, and catch up with him on Twitter.