By Alisha Puckett
As the Association for Women in Sports Media continues to grow in numbers, we’re finding out all sorts of good news to report about our members. Here’s a collection of recent news on our AWSM friends and colleagues:
• Tori Petry, a 2012 AWSM intern who graduated from the University of Florida, has accepted a new role as a multimedia journalist for the Detroit Lions. Previously, Petry hosted a community lifestyle TV show called “My Ocala TV” in Ocala, Florida, and was a motorsports correspondent at NBC’s Florida Sports Talk Radio. “As the very first “Multimedia Journalist” for DetroitLions.com, I’ll act as a host and sideline reporter of sorts as well as film, edit and interview for video stories as a feature reporter,” Petry writes on her own website.
• Kelly Whiteside is leaving USA Today after 14 years to teach sports journalism at Montclair (New Jersey) State University, which is starting a journalism major for its students in September. Kelly covered the Olympics, the World Cup and college athletics at USA Today, and will be a two-block walk from her house when she begins her new job.
• Gina Carlson started working with Major League Baseball as a real-time correspondent at Minnesota’s Target Field. She’ll cover the Twins for the remainder of the 2014 season. Also, Carlson is working at Minnesota Public Radio in the traffic division. “I was offered the position [with MLB] exactly one month to the day of when I walked for my graduations from St. Cloud State University,” said Carlson, who graduated Magna Cum Laude in June. The St. Cloud State alumni board featured Carlson in its alumni magazine.
• Jodie Valade, a sports features writer and backup Cavaliers reporter at The Plain Dealer in Cleveland, will marry Nate Ryan on Aug. 23 — only 19 years after their first date. Valade and Ryan, the motorsports writer at USA Today Sports, first met and began dating in 1995 when they attended Northwestern University. Broken hearts came in 1997, followed by 16 years without talking, before the two reconnected in 2013. The two will be married at Hale Farm and Village, just outside Cleveland, after their whirlwind romance that was almost two decades in the making.
• Ashley Bailey recently left Davidson College to take a job as an assistant director of athletic communications at West Virginia University. Bailey is currently handling wrestling and volleyball, and will add men’s golf when the program resumes competition in 2015. A native of South Dartmouth, Mass., Bailey received a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism/Public Relations from Ohio University in 2008 and completed her Master’s of Business Administration at Saint Francis in 2010. “One of my career goals was to work for a major conference, so it is definitely an exciting opportunity and I’m lucky enough to be reunited with friends I met in graduate school. It’s been very exciting so far — three days on the job and my assistant wrestling coach (who is coached by our head coach) made the World Championship team, so I’ve been thrown right in!”
• Kelli Grashel worked briefly at ASA/USA Softball as a 2014 AWSM intern, and then was offered a position at the University of Wisconsin Athletic Department as an Athletic Communications Assistant. Grashel graduated from Oklahoma State in May with a degree in Sports Media Strategic Communications and option in multimedia journalism. In her new position, Grashel will be working primarily with wrestling, softball, women’s basketball, volleyball and helping with football.
— Rachel Lenzi contributed to this report.
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