Editor’s note: This story is part of ‘Meet a UChicagoan,’ a regular series focusing on the people who make UChicago a distinct intellectual community. Read about the others here.
Jon Zaghloul admits that his life as a University of Chicago student and aspiring sports broadcaster is “just a bit hectic.”
In addition to managing a full academic schedule each week, the second-year economics major records a show for campus radio station WHPK, provides color commentary and play-by-play for UChicago athletics, and also tapes a weekly podcast from his UChicago dorm room. This past summer, Zaghloul, a standout high school baseball player, made national headlines by both broadcasting and playing in a game.
A former pitcher from suburban Chicago, Zaghloul was offered a full baseball scholarship to play at a smaller college program in Illinois. But that possibility only reaffirmed his desire to attend UChicago, where he hopes his degree will one day lead to a role with a pro sports team—either in the front office or the broadcast booth.
“I chose UChicago because of the academic standards that we have here,” Zaghloul said. “It’s the best of both worlds here, studying economics but still doing broadcasting. I’m able to do everything that I want to pursue a career in sports, in addition to attending class and getting a good education.”