Mike Curtis is a sports reporter for the Post-Standard newspaper and Syracuse.com. His main beat is college basketball, and he focuses on the Syracuse men’s and women’s teams as well as recruiting. He lives in Liverpool.
Were you born and raised in CNY?
No, I’m originally from Michigan and I spent my college years in Tennessee. My job brought me to CNY.
Why do you choose to stay and make your home here?
I get the chance to live out my dream on a daily basis as a sports journalist.
What does your “good life” look like and how does CNY play a role?
My “good life” looks a lot like how I’m currently living. Covering college basketball and football and telling interesting stories about the best athletes in Central New York.
What do you like most about living here?
My favorite part about living here is waking up every day with the opportunity to get better at my craft.
What makes CNY different from other places you’ve lived?
CNY stands out from any of the other places I’ve lived because of its rabid fanbase for its sports teams. People really love the Syracuse Orange.
How would you spend a day off in the area?
I would spend it somewhere outdoors. Either downtown or in my local area of Liverpool.
Go-to place to eat?
My go-to takeout spot since the pandemic started has been wings from The Cobblestone.
First place you take out-of-town friends or family?
The first place I take out-of-town friends or family is either Pastabilities or Dinosaur Bar-B-Que.
My favorite season is spring because it marks the beginning of a few months of sunshine.
Favorite way to take advantage of our beautiful outdoors?
My favorite way to take advantage of the outdoors is to go on a run or a walk through Onondaga Lake Park. It has one of the best trails in the city.
Place/business you think is underrated or under-discovered?
I think Joe’s on the Go is definitely a place that’s underrated and under-discovered. Every meal I’ve had there was top-notch.
Favorite memory related to living in CNY?
My favorite memory is spending the holidays with my coworkers when I’m not able to visit home.
How would you describe CNY in a few words?
Cold weather, but the people are warm and some of the nicest you’ll ever meet.
What do you think we take for granted here?
I think people take Destiny USA for granted. It’s one of the largest malls in the country.
Best way to get to know the area better?
Cover high school sports. I got to know almost every part of the area that way. If you can’t do that, use your GPS to visit the best restaurants around town.
Myth about CNY or Upstate you’d like to dispel?
CNY is not anywhere close to New York City. It’s a 4.5-hour drive.
What do you think people outside of CNY should know about living here?
I think people should know that CNY is full of people who really take pride in being from or around Syracuse.
You can live your best life in Central New York too!
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