AWSM members had plenty to share in January. Do you have member news to pass along? Please let us know by email at info (at) awsmonline (dot) org.
Lee Nessel married Brandon Helton on Jan. 12, three days before celebrating her birthday. The happy couple is expecting their first child, Ella, at the end of March. Nessel, the former sports editor at FLORIDA TODAY in Melbourne, Fla., is now enterprise editor there for breaking news, military and religion.
Nessel also is a regional media director for CrossFit, overseeing content for the company’s community site (community.crossfit.com) and sharing stories about how the sport changes lives. Nessel coaches a CrossFit class most mornings before heading to the office and thrives on helping people make healthy life choices. She also runs her owns business on the side as an Avon independent sales rep. Now in her third trimester, the former swimmer at University of Miami is still working out at the gym and swimming, keeping true to her mantra: “Never stop moving!”
Nessel is recruiting freelance writers who can live anywhere in the country. Knowledge of CrossFit helpful, but not required. Passion for telling human-interest and trend stories is key. Email her for more information, lee (at) crossfitmedia (dot) com.
In other member news:
• Sports reporter/anchor Jamie Edmonds has joined WDIV (NBC/Ch. 4) in Detroit as a weekend anchor and host of the station’s Sunday “Sports Final Edition” show. She previously worked at WEYI/NBC25 in Flint, Mich., and WLIX in Lansing, Mich.
• Former AWSM internship/scholarship winner Rachel Nichols has joined CNN Sports as a reporter/anchor. Nichols will host her own weekly sports show, as well as report from various events for CNN. Nichols previously was with ESPN.
• AWSM Pioneer Award winner Mary Schmitt Boyer (Cleveland Plain Dealer) has been named president of the Pro Basketball Writers Association.
• Sharon Hutton has completed her doctoral work at the University of Tennessee, completing a Ph.D. in Kinesiology, Recreation and Sport Studies. She is the third graduate of the program and the first female to complete the Sport Management concentration of the degree.
Her dissertation research, entitled “Examining Job Satisfaction and Career Motivating Factors of Female Sport Media Professionals,” focuses on the attitudes females in the profession have toward the characteristics of their jobs, as well as potential motivating factors in the careers of these women. Her study is available by contacting her directly at shutton3 (at) utk (dot) edu.
• Congrats to former AWSM presidents Paola Boivin (Arizona Republic) and Jenni Carlson (The Oklahoman) on their APSE writing awards. Also among the winners are four former AWSM interns: Mary Albl (Glens Falls Post-Star/New Haven Register), Tania Ganguli (Houston Chronicle), Amy Shipley (Washington Post) and Jodie Valade (Cleveland Plain Dealer).