Kareem Elgazzar, WCPO photojournalist and crime reporter

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Twitter @ElgazzarBlvd

When did you start working here? December 2012

What other positions have you held here? Intern, Summer 2009.

Where else have you worked? Photojournalist, Dayton Daily News & WHIO-TV; Breaking News Reporter, Hamilton JournalNews; Sports Reporter, The (Lorain) Morning Journal

Where did you go to college? University of Cincinnati, Bachelor of Arts in Journalism (2009)

What are you most proud of when it comes to your work? Society of Professional Journalists Mark of Excellence Awards, First place in Sports Photography; National Associated Press Managing Editors, Second place for Innovator of the Year for Radio and Television; Ohio Associated Press Managing Editors, Second place in Best Community Service for the series "Five Ideas to Transform the Region" 

What are you most proud of in your own life? I'm most proud of being a journalist and serving the community to the best of my ability. Being of Egyptian descent, my heritage helps me identify with people that perhaps most others cannot, and I'm extremely proud of that.  

What do you love about living in the Tri-State? The Greater Cincinnati area has a lot to offer as a mid-size metropolitan area with a small-town feel. From the east to the west, Cincinnatians are a unique bunch with unique stories. It's a pleasure to live, and most importantly, work in the area where I grew up. 

What are your favorite local hangouts/places, sports & cultural institutions? 
I enjoy Friday or Saturday nights in Over-the-Rhine at local Main Street bars or downtown from time to time.

I'm a sports junkie, so I love going to Reds games, and Bearcat basketball and football games. You might also find me playing pick-up games of basketball at your local court.  

All time favorites? TV Shows: The Wire, Breaking Bad, Seinfeld, It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, The Sopranos, Sons of Anarchy, Hard Knocks, Ren and Stimpy, King of the Hill, Eastbound & Down.

Movies: Coming to America, The Hangover, In the Name of the Father, Lock Stock & Two Smoking Barrels, Raising Arizona, Casino, Good Fellas, 3:10 to Yuma, The Big Lebowski, Sneakers, Trading Places, I'm Gonna Get You Sucka.

Books: Siddhartha, East of Eden, Death Letter Blues, The Omnivores Dilemma

Music: Jimi Hendrix, Steele Pulse, Pink Floyd, Old Crow Medicine Show, DJ Shadow, Pretty Lights, Bela Fleck & The Flecktones, Jay-Z, Kendrick Lamar, among many, many others. 

Television: Breaking Bad, LOST, Game of Thrones, The Walking Dead, Dexter, Wilfred, VEEP, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart and House of Cards

Other than 9 On Your Side & WCPO.com, you get your news from: The New York Times; The Economist; The Guardian; Longform.org; 700 WLW

Apps you can't live without? WCPO 9 for iPhone; Twitter; ESPN Fantasy Football; ESPN ScoreCenter

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