Jesse Dougherty was Brian’s student back in 2014, when he was a sophomore at Syracuse University and Brian was a doctoral student.
The student has become the master. Now, Jesse’s a sports writer for the Washington Post, and he joins Brian for a fun and wide-ranging conversation. Jesse talks about how the first hockey game he ever saw in person was the first one he covered for the L.A. Times, and how Hall-of-Famer Helene Elliott gave him a crash course in the sport. Jesse also talks about what it’s like to work at the Washington Post at this point in journalism history.
Jesse and Brian do a deep dive into Jesse’s recent feature story on Mya Fourstar, a star high school basketball player living on the Fort Peck Indian Reservation in Frazer, Montana. Jesse describes about how he found out about the story, how he spent his four days on the ground in Montana reporting it, and how he wrote it very quickly. Jesse talks about picking the right details for the story, how the reporting he did before he got to Montana informed his story and the challenges he faced as an outsider trying to report on this world.
They also share their best Jim Boeheim stories.