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About Christine Brennan


By Chelsea Jordan and Melissa Katz

Raised in the suburbs of Toledo, Ohio, Christine Brennan had a passion for sports and news from an early age, attending games with her father and playing sports growing up. It wasn’t until she started college at Northwestern University that she truly saw herself in the world of sports journalism.

After earning her undergraduate (1980) and masters degrees (1981) from Northwestern, Brennan was hired by the Miami Herald as the newspaper’s first full-time woman sports reporter. While in Miami, she covered the Florida Gators as well as the Miami Hurricanes during their 1983 National Championship season. After three and a half years, she left the Miami Herald in 1984 to work for the Washington Post.

While at the Post, Brennan was assigned the Washington Redskin beat in 1984. She was the first woman to cover the Redskins and was around the team and in the lockerroom every day during the season. She also was assigned the Olympics beat in ‘84 and has covered every Summer and Winter games since then, including the Tonya Harding/Nancy Kerrigan scandal in 1994.

Brennan left The Post in 1996 and several years later joined USA Today as a columnist, breaking the news of the pairs figure skating scandal in 2002. Brennan has written three books on the sport including Inside Edge.

In 1988 Christine was elected the first president of AWSM, Association of Women in Sports Media and established multiple internships and scholarships through the organization to help aspiring young female sports journalists. .

Brennan is now a national sports columnist for USA Today while she continues to cover the Olympics and other major sporting events. She also is a commentator for ABC News, ESPN, NightLine, Good Morning America and NPR. A strong advocate for women in sports media, Brennan was a part of ESPN’s 9 for IX documentary “Let Them Wear Towels. “ In 2001 and 2003 she was named among the top ten sports columnists by the APSE and has been honored by many other organizations for her work.

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