UNC Students get to cover the Paris 2024 Olympics

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WITN) – Eastern Carolina University students will be getting the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to attend the Paris 2024 Olympics.

Rising juniors and seniors Kya McGhee and Spencer Haskell from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill will soon head to Paris for the first time.

“You really can’t describe how excited you are for this moment,” McGhee said.

Selected as two of 20 students, they will provide Olympic coverage for North Carolina and WITN, focusing on athletes, coaches, or family members with ties to the state.

“Whether they lived here, they’re from here, or went to school here,” Haskell said.

While seeing the Eiffel Tower is at the top of most Paris bucket lists, these students are ready to work the moment they hop off the plane. They’ve prepared for months.

“They’ve been harping on you need to do your work before you go. You need to hit the ground running; have your contacts ready because it’s gonna be long days and not a lot of sleep,” Haskell added.

They will report from a global stage, excited to spotlight North Carolina.

“I think it’s really cool to be on this professional stage at such a young age. It’s not an opportunity a lot of people get,” McGhee said.

The students had to apply for this within their journalism and study abroad programs and will be in Paris for about two and a half weeks.

You can watch the Olympics at WITN starting on July 26th.