Denton High School
A 1999 graduate of Denton High School, Leila Rahimi is
an anchor, host, and reporter for NBC Sports Chicago,
the network that airs Cubs, White Sox, Blackhawks, and
Bulls games. A 2002 journalism graduate of the University of North Texas, Rahimi has worked at Fox Sports
Southwest, Fox Sports San Diego, CSN Houston, MLB
Network, NBC Sports, and CSN Philadelphia. She’s been
all over the country—and many parts of the world—
covering some of the biggest names in sports. Starting her
professional career as a television production assistant,
Rahimi worked on-air in college for Station KNTU and
later was hired to do weekend overnight traffic on KRLD
radio and, eventually, Sports Radio 1310-AM.
“To me, radio might be the most difficult because you
have to talk for hours at a time, and that’s your finished
product. There’s no rough draft, and there’s no practice.
You have to have massive amounts of knowledge and be
‘on’ for a long amount of time.”
Rahimi, who recently covered the 2018 Winter Olympics
in South Korea, credits the encouragement and inclusiveness of her teachers and advisers at Denton High School
with much of her success.
“When I wrote for the high school paper, I had great
journalism advisers who encouraged me every step of the
way. Coach Gary Fischer and Joey Florence helped teach
me not only the game of football but how to report on
it and develop good relationships with the people you
report on every day. And it was my journalism adviser
who encouraged me to apply for the Mark Holtz Broadcast Scholarship from the Dallas Mavericks, which I won,
and led me to my first internship right out of high school.
I truly loved how inclusive Denton High School was when
I was there. My friends were from all walks of life. We
got along. I always felt like I belonged, whether from my
principal, Milton Wallace, or from my friends, or my Fillies
instructor, or even Mr. Moss, the beloved custodian.
Everyone made you feel like you could be who you
wanted to be. And that’s why I became who I wanted to
be. I get teary-eyed saying this, I believe it that much.”
Excerpted with permission from Denton ISD’s Spring
2018 School & Family magazine. Copyright 2018 Denton
ISD. All rights reserved.