Kirk Kenney joined the U-T in 1985, shortly after graduating from San Diego State, where he majored in business (real estate) and minored in journalism. He was born in Escondido and raised in La Mesa, where he attended Helix High School in the post-Bill Walton and pre-Reggie Bush era, and now lives in the North County community of Santaluz. Kirk has covered everything from the preps to the pros through the years. He recalls with particular fondness the Chargers practicing at La Mesa’s Sunset Park in the early 1970s, the Padres reaching the 1984 and 1998 World Series and Torrey Pines hosting the 2008 U.S. Open. Kirk has made 10 trips to Omaha, Neb., for the College World Series and recommends the event for everyone’s bucket Iist. Kirk has won numerous awards, mostly for bowling.