Sophia Minnaert is the sideline reporter for the Milwaukee Brewers and Milwaukee Bucks. (Contributed photo/Fox Sports Wisconsin)
MILWAUKEE - If you've watched Milwaukee Brewers
baseball or Milwaukee Bucks basketball broadcasts on Fox Sports Wisconsin the past couple of seasons, you've probably seen her
Madison native Sophia Minnaert is the sideline reporter for the two teams.
A few years ago, she got her "start" as an intern at the Catholic Herald in Madison.
graduated from Edgewood High School
in 2005, her
mother -- who then worked in the diocesan Office of Finance -- told Sophia
about the internship with the Catholic Herald
duties over the next two summers included: writing, going out on stories, and "all kinds of projects."
One of her
stories discussed her
experiences participating in a Marquette University
service program helping with the recovery effort in the Gulf Coast following Hurricane Katrina.
"Being an intern at the Catholic Herald was a really good experience for me," said Minnaert.
"It was a really nice environment to learn.
Everyone on the staff was so friendly, so warm.
I enjoyed my time there a lot."
While at the Herald, Minnaert
learned the value of making connections and communicating from the experienced staff.
"I was just always struck by how connected she
[Editor Mary C. Uhler] was," said Minnaert
seemed to know everyone, whether it was in the office or we went out somewhere, or even just in conversation, she
seemed to have a connection with everyone.
"That's a big part of what we do is connections and relationships and it's certainly part of what I do now," added Minnaert
"[That's] aside from just the actual skills of being able to do interviews and writing well and all of those things."
graduation from Marquette University
in Milwaukee with degrees in journalism, literature, and Spanish in 2009, Minnaert
professional career for a company that live-streamed high school sports on the internet and produced Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association high school sports championship games for television.
This later led to her
appearing on Fox Sports Wisconsin's Prep Zone high school sports show, where she
did feature stories on local teams, athletes, and coaches.
In May of 2012, she
started doing social media work for Fox Sports Wisconsin's coverage of Brewers games "with the idea that it would turn into on-air work."
That happened in August of that year, when she became the sideline reporter for the Brewers, and in the following NBA season, added being the Bucks' sideline reporter to her resume as well.
Prior to the 2014 baseball season, Minnaert
had a "once in a lifetime" opportunity to travel to the Dominican Republic for feature series on baseball there, with a look at the backgrounds of Brewers
Carlos Gomez and Jean Segura.
"It was an awesome project to work on," said Minnaert
, the most important part of her
job is "dealing with a lot of different people, personalities, situations.