KWQC-TV6’s Skubie Mageza Is Moving Over To ESPN!
Skubie Mageza, one of the brightest stars in the local broadcast journalism galaxy, is getting a chance to glow up at a much higher level — on the gold standard for national sports coverage, ESPN.
According to a story on the website of Mageza’s local employer, KWQC-TV6, the on-air personality is joining ESPN as a digital sports host, doing sideline reporting for college football and other events nationwide.
Mageza had been a sports anchor and reporter for TV6 for three years, and from the time of his arrival, was an engaging and fun on-air personality.
Mageza started his new gig on ESPN Plus earlier this month, reporting on the Iowa State v. Northern Iowa game on Sept. 4.
“My entire career I’ve been asked ‘what’s your dream job? and my response has always been ‘I want to work at ESPN,’” Mageza said in the story on the KWQC-TV6 site. “Getting this opportunity is truly a dream come true and It still doesn’t feel real. The path I took to get here has demanded an immense amount of faith and a strong grip on ‘trusting in the process.’
“My first job out of college was working as a teleprompter worker at a local Boston station from 3 to 11 a.m. because I struggled to find an on-camera opportunity. Then my first on-camera job was in one of the smallest markets in the entire country. I’m grateful for every step along the way because it was truly God’s plan. Coming to KWQC was a part of it. During my time in the QCA, I’ve been given the freedom to be myself and let my creativity run no matter how crazy my ideas were. The growth from that freedom is what caught the attention of ESPN and it’s made me who I am today.”
“We are so proud of him,” TV6 News Director Stephanie Hedrick said in the story. “Skubie’s style of reporting and his dedication to local sports stories have resonated with many of our viewers. His energy and presentation of sports has brought so much to the TV6 team both on-air and in our newsroom. He will be greatly missed.”
“Skubie was such a ray of light in the TV6 newsroom,” TV6 Sports Director Joey Donia said in the story. “He is always building others up and spreading positivity. I’m so thankful for his friendship, and I’m so proud of him. He’s an amazing talent and will do incredible things at ESPN.”
“I am grateful that I had the opportunity to not just work with him on community events but also to be a part of the conversation for change in our community. When someone can come into a community and immediately make impact, that speaks volumes on their character. Every time he was on the air. Every time he shared his story. Every time he talked about his dreams, his words touched the soul of a boy who looked just like him. It gave them the inspiration to know that they matter.”
Good luck, and we’ll enjoy watching you moving on to bigger and better things, Skubie!