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Who We Are 2013

February 28, 2011

Who We Are: Shawn Dechant

Bringing the drama of sports to the masses

With a TV video camera in hand, Shawn Dechant was there when Texas Rangers’ slugger Josh Hamilton electrified old Yankee Stadium during the 2008 All-Star Home Run Derby. He has documented Super Bowl celebrations and NBA Finals. The 1993 Goshen High School graduate even won an Emmy Award for his work filming Michael Phelps during the swimmer’s historic run of eight gold medals during the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing. Now 36, Dechant graduated from the University of Indianapolis and got his start shooting video locally at Fox 28. These days he travels the world to bring the biggest sporting events to life in our living rooms. Dechant also worked the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver. He currently shoots NBA games for ESPN/ABC, college football for ABC and Major League Baseball for ESPN.

What do you like best about your job?

Growing up a big sports fan, I dreamed about someday being at big events. The television industry brings something different to every event, never a dull moment. I definitely enjoy being a part of a team to bring world class events to many households.

Where do you live?

Chandler, Arizona, a suburb of Phoenix.

How did you become involved in videography?

Growing up my mother and stepfather had an audio/video production company. From there, I decided to pursue video through the sports industry.

Where did you grow up?

Wagon Wheel Drive in Goshen’s Colonial Farms, and then Larimer Greens.

How long did you live in Goshen?

28 years.

What schools did you attend?

Model Elementary School, Towncrest Junior High, Goshen High School and the University of Indianapolis.

What are your fondest memories of Goshen?

Two of my fondest memories about growing up in Goshen were playing (park) league baseball at Shanklin Park and riding bikes with friends to The Chief for a hot fudge milkshake.

How has Goshen changed since you have left?

Goshen has definitely changed in many aspects, but it will always be home. My main observation is how Main Street in downtown has changed over the last couple years and it looks outstanding. Congrats to the city and all the downtown merchants and continue to be proud of your community.

One last thing

As a hobby, I have a web site selling landscape photography from my travels around the world. www.sed-images.com

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Three Goshen elementary schools — Chandler, Chamberlain and West Goshen — are providing free meals to all students during the school year as part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Community Eligibility Provision of the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010. Nearly 80 percent of students at Chandler, 89 percent of students at Chamberlain and 78 percent of students at West Goshen already qualify for free or reduced-price lunches based on their family income. How do you feel about the new lunch program?

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