In our latest ‘Behind the Stories’ podcast, New York Times sports journalist and author Karen Crouse spoke to UConn Journalism major Ryley McGinnis about the challenges she faced of being a woman journalist covering sports.
Crouse discussed one of her first jobs at the Savannah News Press in Georgia (now known as the Savannah Morning News), where she realized that not everyone would be rooting for her to succeed, simply because she was a woman. She advised aspiring female sports journalists to not let their gender “enter into the equation in terms of how we see ourselves.”
Molly Qerim, a UConn alumna and the host of ESPN’s ‘First Take,’ spoke with UConn Journalism major Connor Donahue about her time at UConn and her experiences at ESPN. She had nothing but good things to say, and says she has definitely seen an upward trend in women’s participation in sports journalism.
The podcast also features UConn Journalism senior Caitlin Culligan’s interview with sports reporter Gabrielle Lucivero from NBC Connecticut. Lucivero talked about the women who have inspired her sports journalism career. Lucivero said she she has seen improvements in the working conditions of women in sports journalism, and that is thanks to the women who had break down these barriers before her.
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Top photo, from left: Molly Qerim is a UConn alumna and host of ESPN’s First Take. (Photo courtesy of ESPN). Karen Crouse, a California native and former athlete, recently released her first book, Norwich. (Photo courtesy of Karen Crouse). Gabrielle Lucivero is a sports reporter at NBC Connecticut (Photo courtesy of Gabby Lucivero)