Darren Urban is the Cardinals’ beat writer for the team website, and has covered the team since 2000. He took some time to answer questions from The Big Lead about the early days of the Kyler Murray-Kliff Kingsbury partnership, how David Johnson might bounce back this year, and more.
Liam McKeone: Hi Darren, thanks for taking the time to answer some questions. In your own words, describe your journey from when you first realized you wanted to enter sports media and how you ended up where you are now, covering the Cardinals for the 20th year.
Darren Urban: I wanted to be a sportswriter from a young age, maybe 9 or 10. I grew up in Arizona and at that point, the only local sports were the Phoenix Suns, ASU football/hoops and the minor league Giants. My parents subscribed to the afternoon Phoenix Gazette and I’d grab the Suns’ box scores and write my own “game stories.” No quotes, of course.
So that was always my goal (because, too, I realized I wasn’t much of an athlete to go very far.) Worked at my high school newspaper, went to Arizona State and worked on the State Press there and so was always aiming to be in the business – which at that point looked a heck of a lot different than it does now, of course.
I worked at a couple smaller newspapers in Scottsdale and Flagstaff before landing with the East Valley Tribune covering high school sports. I was at the Trib for almost 13 years, working my way up. Had a season covering the NHL Coyotes, had a year where I essentially worked as the backup pro guy for all four pro sports (the Valley had changed over those 20-plus years) and eventually got the Cardinals beat in 2000.
In 2007, the …read more
Source:: The Big Lead