Lesley Visser, a longtime print and television sports reporter and a charter member of the Association for Women in Sports Media, was named to the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Hall of Fame.
Visser is the third woman elected to the NSSA Hall of Fame. She was the first female beat writer to cover an NFL team, when the Boston Globe put her on the New England Patriots beat, and has worked in television with CBS, HBO, ABC and ESPN. Visser was the first female sideline reporter for a Super Bowl (1995), first woman assigned to Monday Night Football (1998) and first female color commentator for an NFL game (2001). In September she again made television history with the debut of the first all female national weekly sports show “We Need To Talk” on CBS Sports Network.
Visser will join a NSSA Hall of Fame class that includes Bill Raftery, Dick Schaap and Hal McCoy. They will be enshrined during the NSSA’s annual awards banquet in June in Salisbury, N.C.
Kelly Burke, WSIL-TV sports anchor/reporter and the AWSM VP of Professional Development, married Chris McMillin on the beach in Marco Island, Florida in late December. Kelly and Chris dated for four and a half years before getting engaged November 2013.
Kelly and Chris met on a Southwest Airlines flight in 2009, sitting next to each other by happenstance, when Kelly was moving from Oregon to Illinois, to start a new job at WSIL-TV. Kelly will continue to go by Kelly Burke professionally.
Lee Nessel is the managing publisher for the National Pro Grid League — the newest professional sport that features coed teams competing in human performance athletics.
Nessel worked for 14 years at FLORIDA TODAY, where she worked in various positions, including sports editor, then became a public information officer for the Brevard County Fire and Rescue Department before she joined the National Pro Grid League in June.
Nessel is a CrossFit Level 1 coach who spent four years working as a regional media director for CrossFit and served as assistant to the executive producer of the CrossFit Games.
Nessel oversees content on the website and social media; coordinates with and mentors teams that are building individual media teams of their own; and manages a team of freelance writers and photographers spread across the country who cover the NPGL’s eight teams, athletes and competitions.
Nessel is also a mother to a 19-month old daughter, Ella, and lives in Melbourne, Fla.
Alisha Puckett, a longtime AWSM member and former board member, got engaged to John Miller, of Harrisonburg, Virginia, on Oct. 7, 2014. Alisha and John live together in Charlotte, North Carolina, and have been dating for two and a half years. They have one cat named Wrigley Grace. Alisha is a blog editor for ESPN.com, and John works in the food service industry. A wedding date and location has yet to be determined, however, they’re both very fond of Las Vegas, so perhaps cirque du soleil or blackjack-themed nuptials are in the works?!