Billie Jean King becomes minority owner of the Dodgers

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Rachel Lenzi
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Billie Jean King is a trailblazer in women’s tennis and a pioneer for women’s sports. Now, she has an ownership stake in a major-league baseball team. King and her partner, Ilana Kloss, became new minority owners of the Los Angeles Dodgers in October.

According to the Los Angeles Times, King and Kloss will join the Guggenheim Baseball Management Group. Pending WNBA approval, they will also become part of the ownership group of the Los Angeles Sparks, which is also run by Guggenheim. King founded the Women’s Sports Foundation in 1974. She also founded the Billie Jean King Leadership Foundation, which advocates for diversity in the workforce, and owns the Philadelphia Freedoms of World TeamTennis.

“The thing I love about the Dodgers is that they’re concerned with inclusion and they want to do good,’’ King told the Times in October. “It’s so good to have different voices, different cultures, more ideas, better ideas.”

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Danielle Allentuck, who helped found the AWSM student chapter at Ithaca (N.Y.) College, will cover the World University Games in March in Krasnoyarsk, Russia. Allentuck is one of six college students from around the world who will participate in the Winter Universidade Young Reporters program.

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Jori Epstein has joined USA Today, where she will cover the Dallas Cowboys of the NFL. She previously covered the Cowboys for the Dallas Morning News.

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Amara Grautski is now a senior editorial sports producer at Sportsnet in New York City. Grautski was previously at the New York Daily News as senior online sports editor.

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Emily Horos has joined the Arizona Republic as an assistant sports editor, where she will oversee college athletics, WNBA and NHL coverage. She was previously sports editor at the Aberdeen (S.D.) American News.

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Chantel Jennings, who covers college football for The Athletic, has been included in the Best American Sports Writing of 2018 for her piece on former Washington wide receiver Dante Pettis and his love of reading. Jennings went with Pettis to his favorite bookstore, describing it as “essentially, a dream assignment for me — talking about football and authors.”

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Lauren Kirschman has joined the Tacoma News-Tribune, where she covers the University of Washington football program. Kirschman previously worked at PennLive.com in Pittsburgh.

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Sarah Kogod launched Kogod & Co., a diversity and inclusion consulting company, in September. Kogod previously worked for Vox Media.

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Andrea Kremer teamed up with Hannah Storm on Amazon’s live stream of Thursday Night Football to become the first female tandem to call NFL games. Kremer and Storm are providing commentary and analysis for 11 Thursday Night Football games. Kremer is the chief correspondent for NFL Network and a correspondent for "Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel" on HBO.

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Maddie Lee has joined The Oklahoman, where she will cover the NBA’s Oklahoma City Thunder. She previously covered Ole Miss football for the Jackson (Miss.) Citizen-Patriot.  

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Alex Leroux has joined KLTV 7 in Tyler, Texas, as a reporter/multimedia journalist. Leroux was previously a marketing and communications associate for the Detroit Sports Commission and was a marketing and communications assistant/consultant for the Wayne State University libraries for their STEAM Challenge.

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Kimberley Martin has joined Yahoo! Sports as a senior NFL reporter. Martin was previously at the Washington Post, where she covered the NFL and the Washington Redskins.

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Jane McManus joins Marist College as director of the Center for Sports Communication. McManus previously worked for ESPN and has been an adjunct professor at the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism.

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Gina Mizell joined The Athletic Phoenix in October to cover the Phoenix Suns. She spent the last year covering the Denver Nuggets for the Denver Post. Mizell is an AWSM board member and a former AWSM internship/scholarship winner.

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Amy Moritz joined Kevin Guest House in October as a development associate. Moritz plans events and works in development for the organization, which houses individuals, families and caregivers as they undergo treatment at hospitals in Buffalo. Moritz was previously a sports reporter at The Buffalo News, and she is a former AWSM president.

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Kelly Schultz is in her first season as a play-by-play announcer for the Minnesota Whitecaps of the National Women’s Hockey League. Schultz is also the voice of Bemidji (Minn.) State women's hockey on the Beaver Radio Network.

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Claire Smith was inducted into the Philadelphia Sports Hall of Fame in October. Smith was the first woman beat writer to cover a major-league baseball team and is the only woman to win the J.G. Taylor Spink Award. She was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 2017. Smith is the 2000 recipient of AWSM’s Mary Garber Pioneer Award.

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Hannah Withiam joined the Athletic New York as an associate editor. She oversees staff writers on the New York and Buffalo teams. Withiam also writes features for The Athletic. She was previously at the New York Post.

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