Feb 13, 2018

CHERYL COOKY is an associate professor of American Studies at Purdue University. She is the past-president of the North American Society for the Sociology of Sport, a member of the National Policy Advisory Board for the Women’s Sports Foundation, and serves on the editorial boards of several journals including Communication & Sport, International Review of the Sociology of Sport, and Contexts: Understanding People in Their Social Worlds. She is the author of the forthcoming book, No Slam Dunk: Gender, sport and the unevenness of social change, as well as numerous book chapters and is published in a diverse array of journals including Journal of Sex Research, Sex Roles, Gender and Society, American Journal of Bioethics, Cultural Studies<->Critical Methodologies, Sociology of Sport Journal, among others. She has authored ten opinion-editorial articles, appeared as an expert in several documentary films, television and radio programs, and was quoted in over 70 national and international news media outlets including The New York Times, The Atlantic, The Huffington Post, The Washington Post, Forbes, Globe & Mail, The Guardian, National Public Radio, among others.

CLAIRE SMITH has been a journalist for more than 30 years, writing or editing at the Philadelphia Bulletin, Hartford Courant, New York Times, Philadelphia Inquirer and ESPN. Since 2007, she has worked at ESPN as coordinating editor for ESPN’s universal news group, with an emphasis on baseball. In 2016, Smith was honored with the J.G. Spink Award, the highest honor for a baseball writer. She also has been honored with the Sam Lacy Legacy Award by the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, the Legacy Award from the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ), the Sam Lacy-Wendell Smith award from the Shirley Povich Center for Sports Journalism and the Mary Garber Pioneer Award from the Association for Women in Sports Media (AWSM). Smith was one of several women profiled in “Let Them Wear Towels”, part of ESPN Films’ 2013 Nine for IX series, in which she recounted a pivotal moment in her career and for her profession. It occurred in the 1984 National League Championship Series between the Chicago Cubs and San Diego Padres when she was physically removed from the Padres clubhouse by a team staff member. The situation was eventually resolved thanks to Baseball Commissioner Peter Ueberroth, who universally opened major league baseball clubhouses to all working media – regardless of gender – following the incident. Smith, a mother of one son, lives in Connecticut.

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