Kate Fagan

Kate Fagan: Disrupting the myth that women's sports are boring

Credit: John Werner
Savanna Collins
Jul 21, 2022

Kate Fagan is an Emmy-award-winning journalist and the No. 1 New York Times bestselling author of “What Made Maddy Run” which was a semi-finalist for the PEN/ESPN Award for Literary Sportswriting.



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Her first book was the coming-of-age memoir “The Reappearing Act”, and her third book, “All The Colors Came Out”, released in May 2021 from Little, Brown and Company. She currently works for Meadowlark Media and co-hosts the podcast Off The Looking Glass.

Fagan previously spent seven years as a columnist and feature writer for espnW, ESPN.com and ESPN The Magazine. She was also a regular panelist on ESPN’s Around the Horn, Outside the Lines and First Take.

She also covered the Philadelphia 76ers for three seasons and played college basketball at the University of Colorado. She lives in Charleston, South Carolina with her wife, Kathryn Budig, and their two dogs.

Fagan’s TEDxBoston talk focused on what compels us to watch sports. She argues it’s not actually the reasoning that people want to watch the “best of the best” but theorizes that what actually burns at the center of sports is stakes and storylines.

You can watch Fagan’s TEDxBoston talk below.

If we're willing to inspect what spikes our heart rate and pushes us to the edge of our seats... we can all collectively make the sports world a more equitable place. 
Kate Fagan

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