Alumni Profile – Kristian Dyer ’03

Kristian Dyer ’03 is a well known and sought after journalist with over five years of sports writing experience who has written national and local coverage for print and online. With appearances on television and radio, Dyer has a strong reputation and comfort with multiple forms of media. During his journalism career, he has covered a variety of sports including college football and basketball, soccer, the NFL, NBA, MLB, high school recruiting and the business of sports. He is a nationally known and recognized author whose pieces have been quoted in both national and international publications.

Dyer writes for a paper in the New York called Metro New York. The circulation runs Monday-Friday and the daily print is 300,000. In addition, he serves as a contributor to SportsIllustrated.com and MLSsoccer.com where he covers the New York Red Bulls, who train on the campus of Montclair State University.
 
Dyer is a frequent guest on Zak & Jack, the national FoxSports Radio morning show heard in 150 markets nationally. He is also a regular guest on WOR 710AM, WFAN and ESPN Radio, and FoxSports Radio affiliates throughout the nation to share his expertise on New York Jets football, Rutgers University football, and New York Red Bulls soccer. This past May, Dyer conducted the pregame interview for MSG before a Red Bulls home match.

Currently, he resides in Denville, NJ, which, despite its small size, boasts two Starbucks and a Smart World Coffee, perfect venues for writing, although much of his work is done at a game or following practices.
 
His job affords him the opportunity to cover any number of events, from the AFC Championship Game to March Madness, an international soccer game to the New York City marathon or hunting down NBA star Steve Nash at a charity event. When it comes to sports, there really isn't a sport that he hasn’t covered.
 
Dyer, who received his BA from Montclair State University in History attributes much of his career success to his experience and education at MSU and explains that "While I didn't study journalism, I credit the skill set of many of my classes in helping my development as a thinker and a writer. Being forced to critique and analyze problems as part of the Honors Program seminars was a tremendous boon and classes such as Public Speaking with Dr. Wayne Bond honed presentation and verbal skills which are always an asset in my business."

According to Dyer, "Montclair was a great fit for me on many levels. To be honest, it wasn't my first choice but I had a scholarship and was offered a slot in the Honors Program. I attended with the idea that I would transfer after my freshman year. But within a week on campus, I felt like I fit in. The Honors Program was a tremendous opportunity and place of growth for me. I credit Dr. Tom Benediktsson and the program administrator, Chrystel Williams with creating a family environment that made coming to school and going to class enjoyable. I definitely miss their smiles and interest in my growth not just as a student, but as a person too."