Christine Brennan

USA Today columnist

Christine Brennan is a columnist for USA Today, author, and former sportswriter for The Washington Post. Graduating from Northwestern with a Master’s in Journalism in 1981, she became the first female sports reporter for the Miami Herald before moving to the Post in 1984, becoming the first woman to cover the Redskins. She now appears as an on-air commentator on several television networks, and is the author of seven books. Brennan has won the Women’s Sports Foundation’s journalism award four times. Her 1996 book Inside Edge was named one of the top 100 sports books of all-time by Sports Illustrated. Among Brennan’s honors, she was named the 1993 Capital Press Women’s “Woman of Achievement;” named the University of North Carolina’s 2002 Reed Sarratt Distinguished Lecturer; won the U.S. Sports Academy’s Ronald Reagan Award in 2002; won the Jake Wade Award from the College Sports Information Directors of America in 2003; won AWSM’s Pioneer Award in 2004 and was named Woman of the Year by WISE (Women in Sports and Events) in 2005.