An LB Alumnus, Spanish and Baseball come together
“It took me some time to figure out what I wanted to do, but knowing what I was passionate about helped me stick with journalism.”
That is how Benjamin Blum became what he is today.
|Blue Jays pitcher Roberto Osuna |
in TV doc From Sinaloa to The Show
Much like Blum, Roberto Osuna stuck to his guns and pursued his dream. Osuna, a pitcher for the Toronto Blue Jays from Sinaloa, Mexico, was the subject of a recent rags-to-riches style TV documentary by Sportsnet, with Blum getting the credit as the Spanish translator for Osuna and his family.
Blum does not take for granted the opportunity he has been given. “I feel proud for being able to do my part to help a wider audience hear the complete story.”
As a soon-to-be graduate of a Masters degree in Journalism from the University of King’s College in Halifax, he attributes his ability “to approach situations critically and to embrace challenges that come up” to his Leo Baeck days. He is a proud Leo Baeck grad (Class of 2006), where his mother, Jody Blum, is the Dean of Academic Development at LB North.
“My three years of what was Civilizations with [LB teacher] Desmond Bender influenced how I approach research and writing to this day,” admits Blum.
He attended TanenbaumCHAT, got his undergrad degree at King’s College, and was Sports Editor for the Dalhousie Gazette. He also figured that Hebrew and French just were not enough for him, so he studied Spanish, having no idea at the time how that decision would lead to the dream gig of translating for the Osuna documentary.
He has definitely paid his dues. Rising through the ranks of regional broadcasting and commentating jobs, he has become senior writer for CBC Sports, with his first assignment covering the upcoming 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio.
By Daniel Rosenberg