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After leaving his native Orange County/Los Angeles in beautiful Southern California, Derek can't wait to explore all of what Montana has to offer!

Derek joined KFBB as the Helena Sports Reporter in September 2012, but graduated from California State University, Fullerton in 2010 (GO TITANS!!!). During that time Derek served as Sports Director for an award winning sports show he started called "Titan Sports Recap." The show aired on local TV in Orange County.

Derek primarily covered the Los Angeles Lakers for LakersNation.com but also reported on the L.A. Galaxy, Angels, prep sports and NCAA D-I athletics (just about every college sport). He's interviewed some of the biggest names in the sports world, including Kobe Bryant, David Beckham, Bruce Bowen, Pau Gasol, Landon Donovan, Warren Sapp, Michael Irvin, Jerry Rice, Dr. J and many, many more. The greatest moment of his young sports career was covering the 2010 NBA Finals between the Lakers and Celtics. There is nothing like covering history!

Derek also interned for the FOX, ABC and CBS affiliates in Los Angeles and hopes to return one day. When Derek isn't working he secretly hopes to run into Phil Jackson while still in Montana. Other than that, he loves cooking, working out and exploring Montana. Derek is a proud member of the Asian American Journalist Association and the Society of Professional Journalists.

If you have any story ideas for Derek or wish to contact him you can email him at derek.opina@cowlesmontana.com.

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