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Steve Fenk Oral History Interview

Life history interview conducted by Chris Petersen.

August 12, 2014


Steven R. Fenk was born in 1963 in Tillamook, Oregon, where he grew up on his family's dairy farm. Fenk was interested in sports from an early age and, upon graduating from high school in 1982, attended Mt. Hood Community College to pursue further education related to sports radio broadcasting. During this time, Fenk was hired as an intern at Portland radio station KEX and in this capacity he met Darrel Aune, OSU's football and basketball play-by-play announcer. Once his coursework at Mt. Hood Community College was completed, Fenk moved on to Oregon State to complete a four year degree.

At OSU, Fenk majored in Liberal Studies, tailoring his curriculum to fit a new career path in sports information. As an undergraduate, Fenk became closely involved with the OSU Athletic Department, helping to organize OSU wrestling meets, keeping game statistics for Darrel Aune, and even serving as a radio analyst, commenting on basketball broadcasts alongside Aune and interviewing coach Ralph Miller after the games.

Following his graduation in 1987, Fenk interned with the Pacific-10 Conference and the Golden State Warriors professional basketball team. His first professional position was as Men's Sports Information Director at Montana State University, where he worked from 1988-1990.

In 1990, Fenk returned to OSU as the university's Assistant Sports Information Director. In 2005 he was promoted to Assistant Athletic Director for Communications and in 2011 he was promoted again to Associate Athletic Director for Communications. In this capacity, Fenk is responsible for sports information duties related to the OSU football team, arranging and assisting with radio, television and newspaper interviews, and managing award campaigns for standout players. Fenk also oversees the Sports Information staff, which is responsible for all other OSU sports communications as well as developing videos and social media outreach in support of Oregon State athletics.