As media makes news everyday in the political world, the Washington Post is quietly making waves in sports journalism. The Post is the only newspaper in the world that has four major professional sports beats covered by women.
— Liz Clarke (@lizclarketweet) March 3, 2017
— Candace Buckner (@CandaceDBuckner) March 3, 2017
The lovely ladies in the photo above all have joined the Post at different points throughout the past 20 years and all bring a range of previous experience.
Even as the Washington Post is making history today, it also holds the honor of being one of the first newspapers that hired women sports reporters. Jennifer Frey, a Harvard grad, joined the Washington Post sports team in 1995 after climbing the journalism ranks with internships and full-time jobs at the Detroit Free Press, the Philadelphia Daily News, and the New York Times.
Frey gained notoriety when, as an intern with the Detroit Free Press in 1990, she faced harassment from male athletes. She would go on to become an advocate for women in sports and sports journalism, eventually landing at the Post. Sadly, she passed away on March 26, 2016.
The Washington Post also launched the career of ESPN’s Rachel Nichols, who covered the Capitals beat from 1996 to 2004. Nichols is now a sports reporter and anchor, who is currently hosting ESPN’s The Jump.
As the world changes, so does the presence of women in careers originally thought of as only for men. The sports world has grown by leaps and bounds since the 1990s, especially as demonstrated by the Washington Post sports team. Today we have Khurshudyan, Janes, Buckner, and Clarke covering our favorite local teams, and they have the access they need to write the stories we crave.
Over the last few years, hard-working women have continued to carve out a bigger voice in hockey. Here are some of our favorites:
RMNB staffs many talented woman whose names you see on a weekly basis – Amanda Bowen, Elyse Bailey, Margaret Stuart, Madeline Dement, Rachel Cohen and myself. Our friends over at Japers’ Rink also sport Emily Bennett and Becca H.
As having personal experience in the music and sports industries — both predominately male dominated in the past — seeing women have more of an impact is refreshing and inspiring. All the women listed above are making strides for journalism today, but they are also carving the path for future ladies to be accepted to the industry without any hesitations.
Know of another sports/hockey woman reporter you love to follow? Drop a comment below.
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