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My love for sports began on the sidelines on Saturday afternoons in my home state, Connecticut.

My father was a high school football coach, and I knew I wanted to be around sports for the rest of my life.

That passion for sports, and the great moments they provide us, grew into a career.

After graduating from Springfield College in Massachusetts in 2008, I was fortunate enough to get a sports writing gig at my hometown newspaper, The Hartford Courant. I covered high schools, colleges, and most memorably, the rise of future New York Mets pitcher Matt Harvey when he was in high school.

After a few years of writing at the paper the TV bug bit, and I enrolled in the Masters program at Syracuse University. I spent a year walking through eight feet of snow, and graduated in May 2011.

My love for sports moments took me to KOLR in Springfield, Mo., (I have a weird habit of living in Springfields).

My favorite moment at KOLR was covering Games 6 and 7 of the 2011 World Series between St. Louis and Texas. Game 6 has been called one of the greatest baseball games ever played, and I'll certainly remember it forever.

I will also never forget covering the devastating tornado in Joplin in May of 2011. I was lucky enough to win a Missouri Broadcasters' Association Award for my coverage of the Joplin HS football team's return to action after the storm.

I was named Sports Director at WBIR in October of 2013, and absolutely love the area. Everyone I talked to about moving to Knoxville had nothing but great things to say about the region, and the people, and those things have proven to be true.

Feel free to drop me a line anytime at ncarboni@wbir.com or on twitter (@NCarboni).

And if you see me at the game, say hello!

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