Laken Litman

When did you join AWSM?

I first joined when I was a junior in college and was awarded one of our AWSM scholarships in 2010. I had my internship that summer at Sports Illustrated and quickly became hooked. I think I missed the convention in 2011 because it was my first year out of school, but I’ve been to every single one since 2012 in Chicago. I’ve also been our internship/scholarship coordinator for the past three years.

How has AWSM helped you?

The most important way AWSM helps me is that feeling of community. All through college when I was really figuring out my career path, I always felt like I was the only female on this journey. Once I found AWSM, I remember feeling shocked to discover a network of women with the same professional interests as me. AWSM is an inclusive group and a great support system of people I reach out to, for advice when I have questions about how to handle certain situations while reporting.

Where do you work?

Notre Dame beat reporter, Indianapolis Star

Previous job?:

Social enterprise reporter, USA TODAY Sports and For The Win

Where do you reside?

South Bend, Ind.

Favorite team(s):

Grew up in a household of Texas Longhorns and Dallas Cowboys fans

Favorite sporting event(s):

Favorite sporting event I’ve ever covered is the 2015 Women’s World Cup.

Bucket list sporting event(s):

Summer Olympics. I have my eye on 2020 in Tokyo!

Favorite sports venue(s):

LSU’s Death Valley/Tiger Stadium. Seeing Alabama play LSU there is unlike anything else in sports.


“Everything happens for a reason.” – a lot of people say this, but also my dad to me, constantly.

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