About AWSM

The Association for Women in Sports Media is a 501(c)(3) organization whose female and male members support the advancement and growth of women – both professional and student – in sports media.

Who We Are

AWSM is a volunteer-managed, 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded in 1987 as a support network and advocacy group for women who work in sports media (reporting, editing, broadcast, media relations, etc.). Founded by Nancy Cooney, Susan Fornoff, Michele Himmelberg and Kristin Huckshorn – our membership of more than 750 women and men primarily includes professionals in sports media and students aspiring to careers in the industry.

What We Do

AWSM works to promote and increase diversity in sports media through career-enhancement networking and mentoring initiatives as well as the internship/scholarship program – which has placed more than 150 female college students in paid summer positions since 1990. We hold regional events and an annual summer conference, where we honor individuals who have paved the way for women in the industry with the Mary Garber Pioneer Award.

our mission

The Association for Women in Sports Media has the following objectives:


Serve as a positive advocate for women in sports media by offering support, mentoring and networking services as well as national visibility.


Serve as a watchdog, promoting fair portrayal of female professionals in sports media, encouraging diversity, positive workplace environments and equal access to opportunities.


Mentor and assist college women interested in pursuing careers in sports media through internships and scholarships, student chapters and networking events.


Lydia Craver
Chair of the Board
Jenny Dial Creech
Houston Chronicle
Kelly Burke
VP / President-Elect
Ashley Colley
VP / Digital
Iliana Limón Romero
VP / Fundraising
Orlando Sentinel
Rachel Lenzi
VP / Membership
Cox Media Group
Gina Mizell
VP / Professional Programs
Denver Post
Katie McInerney
VP / Student Programs
Houston Chronicle
Chloe Ferrarone
MLB Advanced Media


Teri Boggess
Alexa Tieu
Fox Sports Arizona
Jenna Willhoit
University of Datyon
Sarah Kezele
Beth Maiman
Turner Sports/NCAA.com
Meri-Jo Borzilleri
Professional Programs
Bellingham Alive
Laken Litman
Scholarships / Internships
Indianapolis Star
Meghan Montemurro
Student Chapters
The Athletic
Brooke Pryor
Student Chapters
The Oklahoman

A Special Thank You

AWSM thanks the following individuals for their service on the board during the organization’s first 30 years: 1987-2017.

Jill Agostino
Joan Andrews
Rachel Bachman
Carla Baranauckas
Julie Bartel
Stacy Bauman
Brooke Bentley
Paola Boivin
Meri-Jo Borzilleri
Jill Bouffard
Mary Schmitt Boyer
Christine Brennan
Kelly Burke
Karen Bush
Jenni Carlson
Robin Carr
Julie Cart
Rana Cash
Anita Cechowski
Rachel Cohen
Ashley Colley
Lydia Craver
Aimee Crawford
Allison Creekmore
PK Daniel
Tracy Dodds
Jill Dorson
Cynthia Faulkner
Jas Faulkner
Susan Fornoff
Joanne Gerstner
Leslie Gibson
Kelli Grashel
Tracy Greer
Marie Hardin
Erin Harvego
Melanie Hauser
Cathy Henkel
Leba Hertz
Michelle Himmelberg
Elizabeth Holland
Kristin Huckshorn
Sara Hunninghake
Jim Jenks
Lindsay Jones
Stefanie Krasnow
Kathy Kudravi
Rachel Lenzi
Marjorie Lewis
Laken Litman
Stef Loh
Chevonne Mansfield
Mindy Matthews
Leslie McCarthy
Alexis McCombs
Vicki Michaelis
Ann Miller
Gina Mizell
Meghan Montemurro
Amy Moritz
Lori Nickel
Jennifer Overman
Valerie Panou
Kim Pendery
Alisha Puckett
Barb Reichert
Kathryn Reith
Linda Robertson
Teresa Rodriguez
Penny Rogers
Amy Rosewater
Ruth Sadler
Eve Sarris
Kelly Schultz
Roxanna Scott
Stacie Shain
Lori Shontz
Claire Smith
Michelle Smith
Jody Stott
Elaine Sung
Tammy Surprenant
Jean Tenuta
Camelia Trahan
Jodie Valade
Nicole Vargas
Susan Vinella
Kelly Whiteside
Rachel Whittaker
Celeste Williams
Lisa Winston
Lynn Zinser

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