I was born on November 25th, 1988, in Kingston, New York. From a very early age, I was mesmerized by the world of media production, due in no small part to a stint my father had as a freelance sportswriter for a local newspaper. As I grew older, I did as much out-of-classroom work as I could, drowning myself in what I wanted to do through Kingston High School Television, Highlights (the KHS newspaper), fill-in spots on WKNY-AM Radio, and the high school athletic department, where I worked as KHS’s public address announcer at sporting events.
In 2006, I enrolled at Ithaca College, where I majored in Television-Radio and double-minored in Sport Studies and Speech Communication. While there, I continued to pursue my passions as part of the communications school’s nationally-recognized television and radio stations. In fact, Ithaca football’s most recent win over arch-rival SUNY Cortland (in 2009) came with me doing radio play-by-play for WICB! I also wrote for The Ithacan (the school’s student newspaper), and I continued my public address announcing duties there as well.
After an on-site internship with NBC Olympics during the 2010 Games in Vancouver, I entered the professional world. I spent two years in the athletic communications office at Siena College before moving on to The Saratogian, where I served for a year and a half as a multimedia sports journalist. While at that daily newspaper, I contributed to teams that won three awards (two from the New York State Associated Press, one from the New York News Publishers Association) for our digital media coverage of horse racing at Saratoga.
In 2013, I moved west to work for HRTV, a nationally-broadcast television station based at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, California. My duties included transitioning content from our broadcast channel to the web, as well as growing our social media audience. A year and a half later (in March of 2015), HRTV was purchased by TVG, another television network based in Southern California. I was hired as part of the acquisition, and I spent the last two years growing TVG’s social and digital media audience. Of note, subscriptions to the TVG Network YouTube page (which I oversee) more than doubled following my hiring (from 6,000 to more than 15,000), and the TVG Twitter account accumulated more than 48,000 followers.
While performing those duties, I established myself as one of the premier published horse racing handicappers in the country. I won The Saratogian’s meet-long handicapping contest in 2015, and that year, my daily Pick Four tickets posted on the TVG blog returned an approximate profit of $500. Furthermore, my win selections on the TVG website connected at a 27% clip in 2016, and tickets posted to TVG.com in the first quarter of 2017 posted a highly positive rate of return. In the past, I have also produced and hosted HRTV.com’s Santa Anita Uncut, HRTV/TVG Extra, TVG’s “Pre-Game Periscope,” and video analyses posted on TVG’s Twitter feed.
In 2017, I left TVG for the Daily Racing Form, where I served as a Web Producer. Furthermore, I continued my freelance work as a handicapper for The Saratogian, and my 128 winners at the 2017 meet led all public handicappers across the media.
Following DRF transitioning me to part-time in September of 2018, I spent time with Outpost Capital as a Content Writer before moving on to work at Life Chiropractic College West. I currently work there as a Copy Editor/Multimedia Content Producer, and I greatly enjoy both what I do and the flexibility the job offers me. Away from work, I enjoy video games, good movies, old music, and the company of my cat, Elliot. I am in a happy relationship with the best third grade teacher on the planet (seriously, she’s amazing), and I’m a devout fan of the Los Angeles Angels and University of Michigan Wolverines.
If you’re so inclined, you can follow me on Twitter at @AndrewChampagne.