Shams Charania is only 24 and is killing it as a sports reporter for Yahoo Sports! But it wasn’t luck, Y’all. If you’re expecting a piece about Charania moving up the ranks as a journalist because of connections or being in the right place at the right time, this isn’t your type of story because those things aren’t what helped Charania blaze his own path. Rather, Charania has made a name for himself by, spoiler alert, working smart and hard.

At 17, he worked for ChicagoNow covering the Chicago Bulls. He wrote for them, unpaid, and wrote consistently with insights akin to sportswriter pros. After gathering numerous writing samples, he reached out to RealGM for a job where he would go on to work as a journalist who broke several huge stories.

Because of Charania’s tenacity and passion to report stories that his peers didn’t want to chase, he carved out a special space for himself and it did not go unnoticed. Charania’s scoops caught the attention of ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. Wojnarowski was working for Yahoo Sports at the time and was impressed with Charania’s keen insight and ability to break stories before other reporters in his niche.

Now Charania is Yahoo Sports’ superstar reporter covering the NBA, where he’s pretty much THE go-to guy if you want to know about significant NBA deals, signings, and other breaking news.

The young journalist has had many distinguished interviews such as his sit-downs with Kobe Bryant, Lamar Odom, and Lonzo Ball. Each of his interviews with the players feels as though the viewer is witnessing friends having a conversation versus a terse interview. This ability to exude ease is a testament to the relationship he created with players before he had recognizable job credits.

Should Charania continue on this path of developing a relationship that allows him to break stories before others, he will remain the reigning King of NBA breaking news. At the rate he’s going, we’re pretty confident this journalist will become a legend in sports journalism as his current trajectory points to nothing otherwise.

In journalism, there’s a saying, “You want to be the one who breaks the news, not the one who follows it.” Charania is certainly breaking news and how!