December graduate Antonio Rossetti says farewell to PPU

Written By Cassandra Harris, Staff Writer

Editor’s Note: The subject of this piece, Antonio Rossetti is currently ending his tenure at The Globe, and the university. While we would not typically run a story on one of our own, we felt as though this piece was relevant to the university community as a whole.

Globe Sports Editor, WPPJ Program Director and December graduate, Antonio Rossetti, wasn’t always a man on the sidelines. Being on the field used to mean playing baseball and hockey, now it means reporting. His contributions to these organizations were valuable. 

For him, it wasn’t a simple decision to become a journalist. After applying to three universities, he attended The Community College of Allegheny County for two and a half years, receiving his associates degree for liberal arts and sciences. Afterwards he began his career at Point Park in 2021 for Journalism. 

He attended his first hockey game in 2005. That next year, in 2006, he began collecting what got him into writing; ice-time game programs. As he grew older his interest transformed from wanting to play for the National Hockey League, to wanting to write for it. 

“In 2006 they used to hand out these Ice time game programs,” Rossetti said. “I would always get one and I would always look through them and I would always read the articles. And I was like ok, ‘I want to be able to write in this’ or, ‘I want to be in this.’ And then I realized how hard it is to get into the NHL. So then it was always ‘I want to write in this.’ I always wanted my stuff published, I always wanted people to see my sports stuff.” 

After graduation Rossetti wants to try to go full time with his freelance job at the Tribune Review. He’s been consistently working part time on the side, over winter break he plans to take some needed time off while also looking for a full time Job writing in sports.  

“The plan is to keep writing in sports, I write freelance for the Tribune Review right now,” Rossetti said. “I want to try to go full time there. But if that doesn’t work out, I have a resume now with the Globe and stuff, and I have the resume now with writing for the Trib that I feel comfortable with what I do.” 

Going to community college saved him money, even though he had to take summer classes to make up for his 17 credits that did not transfer over from Allegheny County.  

“I don’t want to make people jealous; I’m really not that much in debt,” Rossetti said. “Honestly, financially I am great. I’m just being honest with you. I went to CCAC my first two and a half years; I barely spent a dollar. I came to Point Park. I had scholarship money, I just had good grades and I got an associate from there, so I got more on top of it. Honestly, I am in a good spot.” 

Outside of sports Rossetti was a choir kid. He said that some of his best memories were in high school when he received two solos. One for bridge over troubled waters and the other for the solo of Aaron Burr in part of John Lawrence.  

“My other best memory in high school was singing drake in front of my whole school for the Mr. Montour competition,” Rossetti said. “It wasn’t so much just me singing in front of people, it was how much support I got from it, which is surprising to be able to sing drake and people actually support that. Usually, you would think that was embarrassing but it was probably one of my best memories.” 

Rosetti remembered his favorite memories from college too, like starting up his sports podcast with Justin Stewart and meeting notable high school, college and National Football League players.  

“Working for the Trib I’ve met so many people, so many high school athletes, so many coaches,” Rossetti said. “Some coaches played in the NFL, and then I’ve met so many college athletes. It wasn’t in school, but I went out on a limb and interviewed a professional wrestler that I had no idea was going to DM me back in 15 minutes.” 

Rosetti said that he often wrote sports material for fun before he became a published writer. Globe Editor in Chief Jake Dabkowski reflected on his time working with Rossetti.

“For the majority of his time with The Globe, Tony served as a Co-Sports Editor, and he was instrumental in that section,” Dabkowski said. ”He is an incredibly skilled sports writer, and I have no doubt that he will be successful in his future endeavors.”

Rosetti said that Professors like Chris Rolinson, Andy Conte and Tracey Belak helped him get a foot in the door. They introduced him to The Globe and the Pittsburgh media partnership where he started working for the Tribune Review. 

“Chris Rolinson told me about the Globe, and he’s helped me with connections and stuff,” Rosetti said. “He’s a good guy. Andy Conte and Tracey Belak both suggested the Pittsburgh Media Partnership. I feel that those two helped me get my foot into the door.”