Born and raised in Los Angeles, Manouk Akopyan’s passion and enthusiasm for everything sports and writing led him to earning a bachelors degree in Journalism from California State University, Northridge.
Currently he works as a Senior Brands Editor for the Ayzenberg Group, one of the nation’s largest full-service advertising agencies, producing daily feature stories and videos about various Fortune 1000 companies for [a]listdaily, the media organization and editorial arm of Ayzenberg.
As a journalist and editor, Manouk’s experience also includes being the Managing Editor at Yerevan Magazine, an international lifestyle publication, the sports columnist and staff reporter at the Daily Sundial, a broadcast reporter for KCSN 88.5 FM: Arts and Roots Radio and covering the high school sports beat for the Glendale News Press, Crescenta Valley Sun and the La Cañada Valley Sun. He’s also freelanced for USA Today, The Guardian, among various other publications and websites.
His news and feature writing in the sport of boxing over the years has earned him membership into the Boxing Writer’s Association of America (BWAA). Additionally, he’s displayed his love for journalism, writing and community service by advising and mentoring UCLA’s student newspaper (The Armenian Chronicles) and North Hollywood High School’s student newspaper (The Arcade).
Manouk is also a board member of the AGBU Young Circle, where his recent efforts were displayed in the organizations’s “Sports: Shaping a Nation Conference.”
In his free time, Manouk enjoys playing basketball, long walks in air-conditioned facilities and obliterating friends and family in fantasy football.
His portfolio includes feature profile stories and exclusive interviews with:
TENNIS – Andre Agassi
NFL – Andrew Luck, Tony Romo, Rams Hall of Famers Eric Dickerson, Jack Youngblood, Tom Mack, Steve Mariucci, Tommie Harris, Keith Bulluck, Rodger Saffold, Austin-Seferian Jenkins, LaMichael James, Trent Edwards, Earl Watford
MLB – Bryce Harper, Rob Manfred, John Smoltz, Shawn Green, Harold Reynolds, Buck Showalter, Tim Kurkjian, Matt Vasgersian, Karl Ravech
NBA – Mark Cuban, Charles Barkley, Rick Fox, Paul Millsap, Kareeem Rush, Daniel Orton
NHL – Chris Chelios, Drew Doughty, Zach Bogosian
NCAA – Jerry Tarkanian, Ara Parseghian, Steve Sarkisian, Pat Haden, Ben Howland
BOXING – Floyd Mayweather, Manny Pacquiao, Oscar De La Hoya, Andre Ward, “Sugar” Shane Mosley
MMA – Ronda Rousey, Manny Gamburyan, Edmond Tarverdyan
SOCCER – Yura Movsisyan, Alecko & Andanik Eskandarian
MOTORSPORTS – Jim Michaelian, Randy Bernard
SKIING – Emily Cook
NON-SPORTS – Akon (musician), Adrian Grenier (actor), Alex Yemenidjian (owner of the Tropicana Hotel in Las Vegas), Serj Tankian (musician, lead singer of System of a Down), Geoffrey Zakarian (restaurateur, 2011 winner of Food Network’s Iron Chef), Haig Kelegian (owner of five casinos in California), Donna D’Errico (Baywatch actress and Playboy Playmate), George Duran (celebrity chef) and Johnny Chan (poker player), among others.
C-SUITE EXECUTIVES – Brands include: Samsung, Disney, Universal, Intel, Under Armour, IBM, HP, Dell, Sony, Nokia, 3M, Oracle, NVIDIA, Hewlett Packard, American Express, Capital One, MasterCard, Nissan, Kia, Volvo, BMW, Chevy, Ford, Mazda, Lyft, Bosch, esurance, Zerolight, Hyundai, Snickers, Doritos, Kellogg’s, Starbucks, Coca-Cola, Mountain Dew, PepsiCo, Patron, Hennessy, Absolut, Marriott, Hilton, Holiday Inn, USA Today, CBS, Reuters, and Discovery Network, among countless others.
Manouk has also reported from press row for the NBA, NHL, NCAA, PGA, MLS, UFC, World Championship Boxing for HBO and Showtime, CIF, among countless trade shows like CES, SXSW, E3, LA Auto Show and red carpets and events.
His distinct reporting has been aggregated, and he’s been quoted as a knowledgeable industry source for various sites and been interviewed on camera for national TV shows.
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