About Mr. K

Harry Katopodis receiving the prestigious Robert J. Kalaski Award on September 22, 2004 at the IAM Convention in Cincinnati, Ohio. He is flanked by IAM International President R. Thomas Buffenberger (on Harry’s left) and IAM Communications Director Richard Sloan.

Harry Katopodis was an award-winning editor and webmaster for the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM). He won 41 journalism awards in 12 years. Katopodis received the highest award in the IAM on September 22, 2004, The Robert J. Kalaski Award for Distinguished and Effective Journalism. He also has had several freelance articles published.

In addition to his writing, Katopodis worked several years as a sportscaster on radio and cable TV co-hosting shows with Detroit Tigers Milt WilcoxDave Lapoint and Mike Henneman. The highlight of his broadcasting career was covering the 1984 World Series when the Detroit Tigers won the World Championship.

Mr. Katopodis holds a BA from the University of Detroit in communications. He earned a post-bachelor degree teaching certificate at Eastern Michigan University and a journalism endorsement at Madonna University. Katopodis was a teacher of digital journalism, newspaper, broadcast journalism, debate and US history at the Digital Arts and Sciences Academy/Highland Park Community High School in Highland Park, MI. His students have been on the set of the movie Highland Park starring Danny Glover, Billy Burke, and Bo Derek and ABC TV’s Detroit 1-8-7. (His students are extras in the movie Highland Park.) He later worked as a speech/drama teacher for the Plymouth-Canton Community School District in the Shared Time Program. He also taught speech/drama at Chandler Park Academy High School in Harper Woods, MI. Currently he is the graphic arts/printing and journalism/newspaper teacher at Hamtramck High School in Hamtramck, MI. Katopodis is married and has three children.

Mike Lyster, Milt Wilcox and Harry Katopodis

Mr. Katopodis did a summer internship in 2009 at The Oakland Press sponsored by the Michigan Interscholastic Press Association (MIPA) and the Michigan Press Association Foundation. After his internship he stayed on as a “stringer” (part-time) reporter. “Being a journalist while teaching journalism and newspaper gives me credibilty,” said Katopodis.

Photos: On the left Harry with radio show co-hosts Mike Lyster and Tiger Milt Wilcox. On the right Radio show co-hosts Harry, Tiger Dave LaPoint and Dave Harbison, above that picture Harry and Milt interview a guest on their cable TV sports show, and above that radio co-hosts Tiger Mike Henneman and Harry.

>From 2008-2011: Mr. K’s students at Highland Park Community High School won 11 journalism awards.

>From 2012-PRESENT: Mr. K’s students at Hamtramck High School won 14 journalism awards and 11 graphic arts awards.

Read Mr. K’s interview of Cat Stevens/Yusuf at: http://www.majicat.com/articles/greekaccent.htm

Listen to Mr. K talking about the Detroit Tigers on a radio show podcast: DeeTown Tigers

See the tab: Articles by Mr. Katopodis (on this website-at the top) for more articles he has written.