n 2001, Kalec joined the staff at The Times-Picayune of New Orleans as a sports reporter after completing a four-month internship at The Boston Globe the previous summer. During his tenure at the paper, Kalec covered the NFL, NBA, the Summer Olympics and major college football and basketball. His articles, on topics such as “creative” recruiting tactics in college football to one player’s outward protest of the Confederate flag, received awards from organizations like The Associated Press Editors Guild and the Louisiana Sports Writers Association. In 2005, Kalec played a vital role in The Times-Picayune’s Pulitzer Prize-winning Hurricane Katrina coverage, specifically reporting on evacuation efforts in the metro New Orleans area and triage scenes across the state.
While working in this managerial capacity, Kalec still wrote freelance for publications such as The Boston Globe, The Washington Post and ESPN.com. During this time, he also authored the book, “Quest of the Derrickman’s Daughter,” about the life of Bonnie Maillet, a pioneering woman who infiltrated the All-Boy’s-Club world of the South Louisiana oilfield.
Suited with a penchant for finding unique stories and characters, not to mention a honed ability to interview different subjects from different walks of life, Kalec easily transitioned into the world of television upon moving to California in 2011. Thus far, Kalec has either created or helped produce programming for more than a dozen networks, delving into genres such as true crime, marriage/relationships and docu-series about people with disabilities. On Sundays from September to January, Kalec can be found on set as a researcher at The Red Zone Channel, appointment viewing for any football fanatic.
Originally from suburban Detroit, Kalec is a graduate of Penn State University and was accepted into the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism Stabile Investigative Journalism program, a distinction awarded to just 20 students annually.