Hi everyone! I hope your day is going well! Here is the interview I promised sometime back with a good friend of mine, award winning sportswriter/reporter Felix Chavez. Felix covers high school and college sports for the El Paso Times. He also covers large sporting events like boxing and horse races in the area. Felix did the video above a few months ago. He had the opportunity to interview Mexican boxer Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. Here it is everyone!
Me: So how long have you been writing and how did you get started?
I’ve been writing since I was a junior in college. I started covering high school sports and college sports for the Albuquerque Journal and press releases for the University of New Mexico sports information office.
Me: Where has your work been published?
I’ve been published in the El Paso Times, Las Cruces Sun-News, several New Mexico papers, a few out of town newspapers and Blood Horse Magazine for horse racing.
Me: Where can people read your work? What is your education background?
Readers can find me in print with the El Paso Times and online at www.elpasotimes.com I graduated from the University of New Mexico in 1997 with a bachelor’s degree in broadcast journalism.
Me: Tell us about your hometown, Albuquerque. What was it like growing up there?
It was a great experience growing up in Albuquerque. I loved sports so much, I was always playing a sport, reading the newspaper or magazines about sports and always following my favorite teams. I really didn’t care about toys or comics like other kids. I was always about sports. Albuquerque is an interesting city. Lots of cultural things to do. It’s a mixed group of people, which was nice. I grew up around different cultures.
Me: Have you already started writing your book? What will it be about and when is it coming out?
I have not started writing a book yet, but I want to write about many of the sports figures I have come across in New Mexico and El Paso.
Me: Tell us about some of the people you’ve interviewed throughout your career?
Oscar De La Hoya, Bobby Knight, Bob Baffert, Lou Henson, Johnny Tapia, Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. and Julio Cesar Chavez Sr. are among the more famous people I have interviewed, plus several local standouts in the different cities I’ve worked in.
Me: Tell us about some of the best interviews you’ve had.
I’ve had so many great interviews over the years. Former NMSU men’s basketball coach Reggie Theus was one of them. He had great charisma and insight into the game. Another one was boxer Johnny Tapia, world champion from Albuquerque. He had a great career, he loved people and he was a true warrior in the ring. He was always funny and engaging.
Me: What sports and teams do you follow and why?
I really love horse racing, boxing and basketball. I really don’t follow teams anymore. I love those three sports because of the personalities and they just appeal to me. I follow all sports though and it’s my life. I really love reading about people, teams and what they have been through.
Me: What advice would you offer to new writers?
New writers should love what they do and put 100 percent of their self into what they are doing. It’s great to want to be one just one beat, but get to know other beats as well. It will prove useful.
Me: In one word, how would you describe yourself?
Me: How about your writing? Why?
Knowledgeable. I want people to know what happened in a game.
Me: If you weren’t a sports reporter, what would you be doing in life?
I’d be a bounty hunter.
Me: What activities would you recommend to people who are visiting El Paso?
Eating at all the good Mexican restaurants.
Me: Where’s one place you want to travel for vacation and why?
Boxing Hall of Fame in New York because I love history and the sport so much. I want to get to know the former boxers and other personalities better.
Me: I know you’re pretty good at predicting winning teams. Since it’s October and the World Series is around the corner, who do you predict will make it? Why?
I like the Chicago Cubs. Great young talent and a great manager, who has been there before.
Me: Is it too soon to make predictions for the Super Bowl? If not, who do you think’s going?
Too soon for me, haha. But if I had to say, I’d go with New England and Arizona.
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