Tom Hurley is a sports journalist, digital content manager and social media specialist.
In his first year at the Kentucky Kernel, the University of Kentucky’s daily student newspaper, Hurley worked as sports reporter, news reporter, and photographer. His work has seen him interview multiple high-profile athletes including Archie Goodwin, Alex Poythress, Nerlens Noel, Andrew Harrison, Aaron Harrison and Andrew Wiggins.
Shortly after his hiring, he was appointed web editor, managing all online content including the newspaper’s website, social media and multimedia content. In December 2012 he was appointed assistant sports editor, running the sports desk, assigning stories, copy editing and budget planning. In Summer 2013 he became the Kernel’s sports editor.
He has live tweeted and written game previews and reports for multiple sporting events, including Barclay’s Premier League soccer, the 2013 NCAA Basketball Tournament and various University of Kentucky sports teams including, men’s basketball, women’s basketball, baseball, men’s soccer and women’s soccer. He has also written scouting reports, columns and profiles of high school basketball prospects, including Julius Randle and James Young.
The 2012-13 academic year has seen him hold the beat writing positions for men’s soccer, women’s soccer, baseball and basketball recruiting. In Summer 2013 he became men’s basketball beat writer, later becoming football beat writer.
He is efficient using Microsoft Office and Adobe products and is also proficient using Final Cut Pro.
Hurley is a former ice hockey player, winning the English Premier League Playoffs while on the roster of his hometown Milton Keynes Lightning. He spent several years coaching youth ice hockey players and also worked as a professional ice hockey referee.
He enjoys closely following current affairs, industry news and sports, holding particular interests for basketball, baseball, soccer, ice hockey, football and formula one.
He has interned with BBC Three Counties Radio and Millwall F.C. and spent the summer of 2013 as an online and sports intern at the Herald-Leader newspaper in Lexington, Ky., while also working as summer editor of the Kernel.
In 2001 an idea from Hurley sparked the creation of The Neil Harris Everyman Appeal charity. Hurley has been an active fundraiser and spokesman for the charity since its formation.
After a successful year as an exchange student at Kentucky, Hurley was due to complete a full-time transfer to UK in fall 2013 but was unable to secure funding for tuition. Instead he will return to the University of Central Lancashire in England to finish a bachelors degree in Print and Online Journalism. Hurley hopes to work in the North American sports media following his graduation in June 2014.