Hometown: Morgantown, WV
(Double) Major: Journalism & Sport and Exercise Psychology
Other activities/interests: When I’m not watching, talking about, or thinking about sports, you’ll find me reading classic books, journaling, working video and audio production for WVU live action sporting events, and pretending that I’m a coffee connoisseur.
What do you do in your role as chapter president?
I began by asking my members what area of sports journalism they were most interested in, and overwhelmingly, I received broadcast and television. I have since been tailoring our prospective speakers to the objective set by our interested members.
As the president of this organization, I’m incredibly grateful to have an executive board and a faculty advisor who are willing to deal with all of my ambitious ideas and work to make them realities. I have a diverse group of young women on my executive board who are willing to step up, voice their opinions, plan and research events, and organize the many details that are required to create successful speaker visits and fundraisers. My job is made significantly less stressful with those five girls by my side.
Although many events and interesting, established speakers have been planned, there were certainly ideas and trips along the way that, unfortunately, at this point in the organization’s conception, we were not able to accommodate. So far, it’s largely been trial-and-error, and some ideas simply haven’t worked, but we have so many other great upcoming events that it doesn’t make much sense to dwell on what was unsuccessful.
Regarding our presence at WVU, the Reed College of Media has embraced us more than I could have ever, ever imagined this early in the process. We have presented at organization fairs, received donations from WVU donors, represented at multiple College of Media activities, and are even currently teaming up with WVU’s chapter of RTDNA to plan a trip to Pittsburgh, PA to tour PPG Paints Arena, ROOT, and some regional news stations. We also have Celina Pompeani, the host of the Pittsburgh Penguins coming to speak to us in early November. Everyone in the College of Media family has welcomed this organization with open arms and have been willing to help us in whatever way we may require. I can’t wait to see what this chapter will accomplish in the next few years.
What have you gained/learned through AWSM or hope to gain and learn?
Through the Association for Women in Sports Media, I have found a group of young women who share my drive and passion for sports. After I attended the conference in Miami this past July, I realized how many women are thoroughly invested in furthering other young women’s presences in sports media. I met so many established journalists and college students who went or are going through the same problems I am. I’m so glad to have a network of women who are looking out for the success of people like me.
What I hope to gain through the organization is an understanding of what it takes to be a successful woman in this male-dominated industry. Having a group of women working all over the world who are willing to answer my questions and make me the most well-rounded and prepared job candidate I can be is what I admire the most about this organization and what it is working to achieve.
What inspired you to pursue a sports media career?
I love journalism. I’ve been writing, both creatively and journalistically, for as long as I can remember. I was also on my high school’s yearbook staff all four years. I have had my mind set on pursuing a degree in journalism since middle school.
I also love sports. I’ve been playing a wide variety of sports since I was eight years old. I moved up through the recreational, high school, and travel soccer leagues. I was even planning on going to college on a soccer scholarship, until my senior soccer season, I took a kick to my collarbone that effectively ended my recruiting efforts. That experience opened my eyes to what I wanted to do with the rest of my life.
If I could no longer play at an elite level, sports reporting was the obvious next step to keep me as close to the action, and the sports that I loved, as possible. I have grown up watching Michele Tafoya and Holly Rowe, and I knew that I wanted to be just like them.
What’s your bucket list sporting event and why?
My bucket list sporting event is a tie between the Women’s World Cup and the Super Bowl. I love watching elite athletes perform in any capacity, but the Women’s World Cup gives a fresh perspective on high-level athletes. I also think that women naturally feel like they have more to prove, and that raw passion comes out loud and clear when the teams, especially the women from the United States national team, take the field.
Where do you hope to be in five years?
I entered my first semester at West Virginia University as a Journalism major with an emphasis in Sports Broadcasting. One of my first classes was a sport and exercise psychology course. WVU has one of the most prestigious sport psychology undergraduate programs in the country, and I realized that I wanted to add a double major.
I want to combine my degrees to create a specialized profession. The goal is to have my own syndicated television show on a major sports network interviewing athletes about sport psychology and the process of high-functioning athletics. There is not currently, nor has there ever been, a show that encapsulates this idea, and I’m entirely prepared to be the first.