Tom Demeropolis believes La Salle High School is a place where boys learn to be great men. "It's not just about math, history and science," the 2003 La Salle grad says. "The real learning is finding out who you are as a person. La Salle helps bring out the best in people."
Tom, 30, lives in Whitewater Township with his wife Lauren and their son Emmett and daughter Vivienne. After collegiate stops at the University of Cincinnati where he earned a degree in journalism and at Ball State, Tom has settled into his career as a senior reporter at the Cincinnati Business Courier. He took the first steps on his career path at La Salle.
"I credit La Salle with getting me started in journalism," Tom says. "I remember working on the Ledger and taking journalism classes taught by Mr. Holman and Mr. Christie. That really ignited my passion for writing and reporting."
Tom has been working for American City Business Journals, the publisher of the Cincinnati Business Courier, for seven years. He spent his first two-and-a-half years at the Dayton Business Journal where he reported on real estate, banking and finance, retail and the stimulus package. Then in November 2010, he made the move back to the Cincinnati Business Courier, where he had interned while at UC.
"I started as the retail reporter and web producer," Tom says. "As we moved to a digital-first focus, I switched to become our web editor. After being in that position for about a year, a reporting position became available again. I am now covering commercial and residential real estate and development." Tom also joins Mike McConnell on 700 WLW each weekday morning around 8:23 to talk about the latest local business news and he serves aspiring journalists by teaching the occasional undergraduate course at UC. Now he is following a desire to help grow the La Salle community and to keep Lancers connected and in position to easily help one another as a member of the La Salle Alumni Leadership Council.
"I did not return to LaSalle until after college," Tom says. "It was great seeing the progress La Salle has made. It was a great school when I was there. Today, it's even better. I hope that drive to continually improve does not go away. "I hope the ALC can be a resource for Lancers after they walk out the doors as graduating seniors. As a reporter, it's great to have a strong, well-connected network of sources. It's the same in many other jobs. I plan to do my best to help share the stories of successful Lancers and help connect Lancers who could help each other."
Tom Demeropolis '03 at a Glance
Resides: Whitewater Township
Family: Wife Lauren, son Emmett and daughter Vivienne
Career: Senior reporter, Cincinnati Business Courier
University and major: University of Cincinnati, journalism
Social media: Twitter — @tomcincibiz
Best La Salle memories ... "Going on Kairos, then leading a Kairos for the juniors my senior year; the Moeller game wrestling match with Coach Huxel, learning from a number of great teachers."