by JENNIFER FRAKES | photos by Zeena Gregg Photography

The Sports Watchdog

student_kern2For the last two years, Mason Kern has been a teen correspondent with the San Diego Living television program airing on XETV. Mason appears monthly as “The Sports Watchdog,” a title he created himself. “This is my own brand that I’m cultivating in my TV work, as well as my syndicated editorial pieces, radio interviews, podcast interviews with professional athletes, and other media projects. Given how much of a sports fanatic I am, coupled with my direct intention for my future career to be in the sports broadcasting field, I knew that ‘The Sports Watchdog’ brand and label would reflect my work and serve me well in the future,” explained Mason. He has delivered sports reports with radio programs across the United States, and his syndicated editorial and podcast work has run with multiple publishers and has been distributed on platforms nationwide.

Name: Mason Kern (17)
School: Poway High School
Grade: 12
Parents: Merilee and Ron Kern
Sibling: Devyn Kern (14)
Favorite Spot: Lake Poway

student_kern1A senior at Poway High School, Mason also serves as editor of the sports page for the school newspaper and as the production manager of a special athletics segment for the school’s video news broadcast. It comes as no surprise that this Honor Roll student’s favorite classes are journalism and broadcast journalism. Mason also recently attended the Cronkite Sports Broadcasting Camp at Arizona State University. “I lived in a dorm for two weeks and participated in a highly immersive program that taught me a great deal both behind and in front of the camera,” stated Mason.

Mason is an accomplished athlete himself. He plays club soccer with the Poway Vaqueros and with the varsity team at Poway High. “I’ve played recreational and club soccer in Poway for as long as I can remember. I started out when I was four years old, playing at North County Soccer Park. I’ve also played basketball at a recreational level for many years,” said Mason. According to him, the high intensity action of both soccer and basketball captivated him as a young child and continue to do so to this day.student_kern3

“I lived in a dorm for two weeks and participated in a highly immersive program that taught me a great deal both behind and in front of the camera.”

Looking to the future, Mason plans to attend a four-year university and continue his pursuit of a career in sports broadcast journalism. “I’m looking forward to it all – my experience at the Cronkite School this past summer gave me a taste of what college life will be like, and I’m excited for it! I’m also excited to be that much closer to my dream of becoming a working sports broadcaster and writer,” revealed Mason.