Podcast: ESPN SportsCenter Co-host Sage Steele

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I am very excited to post this edition of my podcast because the guest for this episode is ESPN SportsCenter co-host Sage Steele. I spoke with Sage about having her knowledge of sports challenged, sideline reporters, having to juggle her career and personal life, the opportunities for women in sports media, and more!

Listen to the podcast and leave any feedback you have in the comments section below.

ESPNMediaZone:

Sage Steele joined ESPN in 2007 and is a co-host of ESPN’s SportsCenter. Most recently,Steeleserved as update host during live daytime SportsCenter editions, which debuted in August 2008. She also previously contributed to First Take and Mike & Mike in the Morning and has served as a guest co-host of ESPN2’s SportsNation.

Away from the studio, Steele anchored the daytime SportsCenter segments from the NBA Finals in 2012, and has hosted the Scripps National Spelling Bee each year since 2010.

You can follow Sage on Twitter @SageSteele

Q&A with ESPN and ESPNU’s Maria Taylor

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As I posted about last week, I worked the Oklahoma vs. Oklahoma State football game and noticed a difference in the comments fans were yelling at Ian Fitzsimmons, the radio sideline reporter and Maria Taylor, the TV sideline reporter. I decided to reach out to Maria to get her thoughts on that situation and issues facing women in sports media.

Maria is in her first year as a sideline reporter for ESPN college football telecasts and also works as an analyst for women’s basketball and volleyball on ESPNU. Before getting into broadcasting, she was a three time All-SEC performer in volleyball at the University of Georgia.

Trey: As a woman working in sports media, do you feel that others, especially men, question your knowledge of sports or try to make you prove your knowledge?

Maria Taylor: I do not feel like anyone has ever personally questioned my knowledge of sports. I think that may partly be due to the fact that I played collegiate athletics and I am 6’2!! But I do constantly feel like I need to prove myself, and showing everyone that I work with (especially men) that I deserve to have the job because I know the game and subject matter that I am covering. Continue reading

Podcast: Stefanie Loh AWSM

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In this edition of the More Than a Pretty Face Podcast, I spoke with Stefanie Loh who is president of the Association for Women in Sports Media. Stefanie also writes about San Diego State football for U-T San Diego. Listen to the podcast and leave feedback below in the comments section.

You can follow Stefanie on Twitter @StefanieLoh. Also, check out the AWSM website.

Q&A with ESPN SportsCenter Co-host Chris McKendry

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I had the chance to interview ESPN SportsCenter co-host Chris McKendry via email about being a female in sports media and some of the issues women in sports media face.  She had some interesting things to say, especially regarding sideline reporters.

McKendry has been with ESPN since 1996 and currently co-hosts the noon- 3:00 PM EST edition of SportsCenter.

Trey: As a woman working in sports media, do you feel that others, especially men, question your knowledge of sports or try to make you prove your knowledge?

Chris McKendry: As a woman, the margin for error is small.   Of course now, after 16 years on Sportscenter, I don’t hear from too many who doubt my knowledge.  But when I was just beginning my career, I was very aware that every pronunciation, explanation, and question I asked was second guessed.

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Kissing Suzy Kolber

I wouldn’t be doing this blog justice if I didn’t post this video of Suzy Kolber interviewing Joe Namath from 2003. It is pretty clear that Broadway Joe had a few too many drinks that night, but it still doesn’t excuse his actions. Joe told Suzy Kolber multiple times that he wanted to kiss her. Suzy played it off well and carried on with the interview, but that still had to be a tough position to be in.

If Joe would have been interviewed by a male, he most likely wouldn’t have said that he wanted to kiss him. Joe still would have been drunk and probably would have still said ridiculous things, but he would not have put a male reporter in that awkward situation so why do it to a female? Obviously alcohol was a big factor in this,

Earlier this year, Suzy Kolber finally spoke about the situation.

USAToday.com:

Namath, in what became a famous TV sports moment, slurred to Kolber: “I want to kiss you” — adding he “couldn’t care less” about what was happening with the Jets team.

On-air, Kolber laughed off his line, calling it “a huge compliment.”

Looking back now, she says “I think the way I felt about it at the time was that he’s a really good guy having a bad moment that happened to be captured on national television.”

And when Namath called days later to apologize “he felt humiliated. It’s a shame he has to be remembered for that moment.”

The interview is so infamous now that it spawned a sports blog called “Kissing Suzy Kolber.”

Charles Barkley and Sideline Reporters…

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Meredith Perry wrote an article for Boston.com in early November discussing Charles Barkley’s comment about sideline reporters. Barkley’s comment went like this:

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“That’s why I love interviews with Gregg Popovich,” the interviewer said. “He’s great television when he makes reporters uncomfortable.”

“Oh, he’s great,” Barkley responded. “But I will tell you one form of discrimination no one ever talks about regarding sideline reporters.”

“What’s that?” the reporter asked.

“If you are an ugly woman, you have no chance of getting a TV job,” Barkley said.

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Podcast: Emily Jones Fox Sports Net

I had the chance to speak with Emily Jones of Fox Sports Net yesterday to discuss her experiences as a woman in sports media. Emily covers Big 12 sports and hosts numerous different shows on Fox Sports Southwest for the Mavericks, Rangers, and more. Emily and I spoke about multiple issues pertaining to women in sports media. I asked her about women in sports media being judged on their looks and she said “anyone who tells you looks don’t matter on television is crazy. It’s a visual medium and that’s all part of it. Unfortunately for women there is more on an emphasis put on it than there is for men.” To hear more of what Emily had to say, check out the podcast and leave your thoughts in the comment section below.

You can follow Emily on Twitter @EmilyJonesFSN