DeAndré Fernández Phillips

DeAndré Fernández Phillips

Director of Media Relations


Washington Wizards

Washington, D.C. USA


Don’t limit yourself. If you have to go to Siberia because that is the only [opportunity] you have, then go to Siberia.

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Milestones

Milestones

My road in life took a while to figure out.
Grew up in a small, low-income area of Portsmouth, Virginia called Cavalier Manor.
Was originally interested in becoming a reporter.
In high school, he was a campus correspondent for The Virginian-Pilot newspaper in Norfolk, Virginia.
Attended Old Dominion University, where he received his degree in English.
While in college, he realized that being a reporter wasn’t what he really wanted, so he decided to use his background in journalism to pursue a career in public relations.
He got the opportunity to intern for ESPN, the Carolina Panthers, the Detroit Lions, and in the Sports Information Department of ODU.
His first job after graduating was working for one of the highest profile teams in professional sports history, the Miami Heat, as their Business Communications Manager.
He then went on to become the Director of Communications for the New York Giants and now works as the Director of Media Relations for the Washington Wizards.
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Education

Education

highschool
High School
undergrad
Bachelor
English Language and Literature, General
Old Dominion University
Career

Career

Director of Media Relations

I am in charge of media relations for the Washington Wizards basketball team.

Career Roadmap

Roadmap
My work combines:
My work combines:
Business
Business
Sports
Sports
Accomplishing Goals
Accomplishing Goals

Day to Day

No day is the same and I do a lot of different things. My main duty is serving as the primary contact for the local and national media regarding the team. I also prep/coach players and the Head Coach for media availability, I promote various aspects of the organization, I write press releases and game notes, and I coordinate interviews, press conferences, and other media events. I also do a lot of traveling and am constantly keeping an eye on the news and what is going on.

Skills & Qualities Beyond School

Take advantage of Linkedin or any other network you have. Don't wait for a job opening to apply for a job. Seek out opportunities and put yourself out there. Come to the table with ideas and be willing to share them.

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for college students

Getting into this industry is hard. It's not always about talent, but being in the right place at the right time. Take opportunities, take risks, and open yourself up to the options that it provides. Intern as much as you can to gain experience. Don't limit yourself geographically. If you have to go somewhere far away to get an amazing experience, do it.

Hurdles

Hurdles

Challenges I Overcame

Career Change
Career Change

Once I realized that reporting and journalism weren't what I wanted to do, it was a difficult transition and it was hard trying to figure out what to do next. A friend recommended that I look into public relations and the rest is history.

Financial
Financial

I've had financial struggles my whole life, but I tried not to let those impact my life too much. In college, I didn't have the financial support from family that would enable me to intern long-term, so I looked for opportunities that paid.

Divorce
Divorce

This career is really challenging when it comes to balancing a personal life. You spend a lot of time traveling, relocating, and in some instances when you are starting out you don't make a lot of money. I don't have any regrets though.

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