By Rachel Whittaker
Association for Women in Sports Media Pioneer award winner Susan Fornoff’s groundbreaking journey in a controversial era of sports journalism will be depicted in a modern-day film.
Fornoff’s life and career as a sports reporter will be chronicled in a new movie to be based on her memoir “Lady in the Locker Room,” illustrating the obstacles she and other females fought in the battle for equal rights and locker room access with their male colleagues back in the 1980s.
Jon Turteltaub will team with CBS Films to direct the movie about Fornoff, one of the first female sports reporters to break the gender barrier with regard to demanding equal access. She covered the Oakland Athletics baseball team for the Sacramento Bee in the 1980s and has also written for USA Today and now “GottaGoGolf” magazine.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, the movie will “chronicle her hilarious and harrowing journey to thrive in this ultimate man’s world.” When Fornoff wrote for the Sacramento Bee, a 1986 incident drew attention to her work with Oakland player Dave Kingman’s delivery of a package to Fornoff with a live rat and a label signed “My name is Sue.”
Fornoff said she is thrilled about the entertainment endeavor inspired by her work.
“I am excited to be part of this project with CBS Films, and I can’t wait to see how the filmmakers put this to the silver screen,” she said. “I know the screenwriter (Joel Silverman) is deep into the script, which is the first phase of the project.”
The movie release date is not yet set.
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Fornoff, along with ESPN’s Nancy Cooney, will be honored as winners of the 2014 Mary Garber Pioneer Award at AWSM’s convention in Orlando, Fla., May 22-25.