Born and raised in Los Angeles, Manouk Akopyan’s passion and enthusiasm for everything sports, entertainment and writing steered him toward earning a bachelors degree in journalism from California State University, Northridge.
Over the last twelve years, he’s held staff positions in editorial roles for the Los Angeles Times, Tribune, NFL Media, Ayzenberg Group/AList, Yerevan Magazine and Glendale News Press, and his bylines and TV reporting have appeared in USA Today, The Guardian, Al Jazeera, Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia Daily News and NESN, among various other outlets.
He’s also a broadcast reporter for Lights Out Xtreme Fighting on Fox Sports, a new MMA league founded by former Chargers star Shawne Merriman.
His professional experience includes extensive reporting, writing, editing and production across all digital platforms, in magazines, newspapers, radio as well as on-camera reporting for television. His portfolio consists of over 2,000 written stories and video interviews with global newsmakers and cultural icons.
His international news and feature writing in the sport of boxing over the years have earned him membership in 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), North Hollywood High School’s student newspaper (The Arcade) and the community organization Nerouj.
Manouk is also a board member of the AGBU Young Circle, where his efforts were displayed in the organization’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:
MUSIC, FILM and ENTERTAINMENT: Migos, Ludacris, Akon, Ne-Yo, Steve Aoki, J Balvin, William Shatner, Adrian Grenier, Serj Tankian, David Alpert, Donna D’Errico
NFL: Andrew Luck, Rob Gronkowski, Tony Romo, Steve Mariucci, Tommie Harris, Keith Bulluck, Rodger Saffold, Austin-Seferian Jenkins, LaMichael James, Trent Edwards, Earl Watford, LA Rams Hall of Fame players Eric Dickerson, Jack Youngblood, Tom Mack
NBA: Shaquille O’Neal, Mark Cuban, Charles Barkley, Rick Fox, Gilbert Arenas, Paul Millsap, Kareem Rush
MLB: Bryce Harper, Rob Manfred, John Smoltz, Shawn Green, Harold Reynolds, Buck Showalter, Tim Kurkjian, Matt Vasgersian, Karl Ravech
NHL: Chris Chelios, Drew Doughty, Zach Bogosian
NCAA: Jerry Tarkanian, Ara Parseghian, Steve Sarkisian, Pat Haden, Ben Howland
BOXING: Floyd Mayweather, Manny Pacquiao, Canelo Alvarez, Gennady Golovkin, Deontay Wilder, Oscar De La Hoya, Andre Ward, “Sugar” Shane Mosley, Lennox Lewis, Errol Spence Jr., Mikey Garcia, Bob Arum, Freddie Roach
MMA: Conor McGregor, Ronda Rousey, Dana White, Fedor Emelianenko, Ryan Bader
SOCCER: Yura Movsisyan, Alecko & Andanik Eskandarian
MOTORSPORTS: Jim Michaelian, Randy Bernard
TENNIS: Andre Agassi
LIFESTYLE: Alex Yemenidjian (owner of the Tropicana Hotel in Las Vegas), Geoffrey Zakarian (restaurateur, winner of Food Network’s Iron Chef), Haig Kelegian (owner of five casinos in California), George Duran (celebrity chef) and Johnny Chan (poker player), among others.
C-SUITE: (Executives from companies include) Google, Disney, Tencent, Samsung, Universal, Turner, Nike, Intel, Under Armour, FOX, ESPN, DAZN, Fitbit, Ikea, AEG, IBM, HP, Dell, Sony, Panasonic, HTC, Qualcomm, Nokia, IMAX, LG, Nvidia, Atari, Deloitte, Adobe, Oracle, Oath, Snap, Salesforce, Foursquare, American Express, Capital One, MasterCard, Nissan, Mercedes-Benz, BMW, Tesla, Lexus, FCA, Mondelēz, Nestlé, Starbucks, Coca-Cola, PepsiCo, Red Bull, Monster Energy, Patrón, Hennessy, Marriott, Hilton, Holiday Inn, The New Tork Times, USA Today, CBS, Reuters, Time Inc., Discovery Network and NatGeo among countless others.
Manouk has also reported from press row for the NBA, MLB, NHL, NCAA, PGA, MLS, UFC, Bellator, World Championship Boxing for HBO and Showtime, CIF, among countless trade shows like CES, SXSW, E3, NRF, ComplexCon, LA Auto Show and red carpets and events.
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