Scott Grodsky had an epiphany at work one day.
“Yesterday, I was at the Bucks-Nets game, and I’m realizing … ‘I’m getting paid to be here’,” Grodsky, a sportscaster, said in May. “‘This is my job. This is work. This is one of the hottest tickets in Milwaukee.’”
As an anchor and reporter for Milwaukee’s CBS 58 News, Grodsky is living out his dreams, covering sports and bringing his Jewish values to the work.
Grodsky got his start in journalism in high school, where he joined the radio program as a freshman. After graduating high school, he left his home in the northern suburbs of Chicago for Syracuse University.
“The only real decisions I made about my career path after that were whether I wanted to do TV, radio or newspaper … but I knew pretty early on what I wanted to be doing,” Grodsky said.
Grodsky has written, edited and presented for CBS 58 since joining the channel in 2016. Often, he even shoots video for the broadcasts. Grodsky reports across all levels of Milwaukee sports, from high school to the professional game.
He’s a lifelong sports fan interested in the “minutia of it and some of the statistics that go behind it,” he said.
‘Play it Forward’
Grodsky’s love for sports journalism is not just about his ability to get a hot NBA ticket or land an exclusive interview with Packers head coach Matt LaFleur. Every other Tuesday, he presents a segment called Play It Forward, which showcases how Milwaukee teams and athletes are helping in their community. He developed the idea with his fiancé, Kathryn Kazan.
In one segment from February 2020, Grodsky reported on Jamar Madge Jr., a basketball player for the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Panthers, visiting the Boys and Girls Club with four of his teammates.
“When you look around, there are so many of these great events that are going on that people don’t even know about,” Grodsky said.
Grodsky said his Jewish background influences his work on the Play It Forward series. He relates the series to the charity project he did for his bar mitzvah.
“I don’t know that I’d be doing that kind of work, or trying to do that kind of work, if I didn’t have the upbringing that I had,” Grodsky said.
Though Grodsky is no professional athlete, he said he hopes his reporting can benefit the community in a similar fashion to the athletes he covers for Play It Forward.
“I truly hope that by shining a light on some of these stories and the Play It Forward segments, I’m helping the community be a better place,” Grodsky said. “Just by shining a light on some of the great work other people are doing.”