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Staff Pick: Why Do Pro Sports Still Sideline Women?

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If you’re a woman in the sports world, trying to dominate the field can be a tough gig. Julie DiCaro joins us to talk about her book Sidelined: Sports, Culture, and Being a Woman in America.

Sports news outlets rarely cover women’s athletics as exhaustively as men’s leagues. Even when male reporters and broadcasters do talk about women’s sports, they don't always take the subject as seriously. And while an increase of female reporters in the field has helped broaden coverage, it wasn't that long ago they couldn't get into male locker room after a game to interview players. When women try to draw attention to sports stars who’ve been accused of abuse, they’re often ignored or even chastised. We'll talk with sports journalist Julie DiCaro about the changes she's seen in the industry and about her book.

Content Warning: This episode contains descriptions of sexual violence and may not be suitable for some listeners.

Guests: 

  •  Amy Donaldson, Executive Producer with KSL Podcasts and co-host of Talking Cold and Voices of Reason
  •  Julie DiCaro, Senior Writer and Editor at Deadspin

Original airtime and date: Friday, May 14, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. MDT
Here's what RadioWest producer Tim Slover has to say about the episode:

I’m a sports fan. And while I love podcasts about the games and players themselves, I’ve always craved deeper conversations from the world of sports. This episode is exactly that.

Doug Fabrizio has been reporting for KUER News since 1987, and became News Director in 1993. In 2001, he became host and executive producer of KUER's RadioWest, a one hour conversation/call-in show on KUER 90.1 in Salt Lake City. He has gained a reputation for his thoughtful style. He has interviewed everyone from Isabel Allende to the Dalai Lama, and from Madeleine Albright to Desmond Tutu. His interview skills landed him a spot as a guest host of the national NPR program, "Talk of the Nation." He has won numerous awards for his reporting and for his work with RadioWest and KUED's Utah NOW from such organizations as the Society of Professional Journalists, the Utah Broadcasters Association, the Public Radio News Directors Association and the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.
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