About AWSM

The Association for Women in Sports Media is a 501(c)(3) organization whose female and male members support the advancement and growth of women – both professional and student – in sports media.

Who We Are

AWSM is a volunteer-managed, 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded in 1987 as a support network and advocacy group for women who work in sports media (reporting, editing, broadcast, media relations, etc.). Founded by Nancy Cooney, Susan Fornoff, Michele Himmelberg and Kristin Huckshorn – our membership of more than 1,000 women and men primarily includes professionals in sports media and students aspiring to careers in the industry.

What We Do

AWSM works to promote and increase diversity in sports media through career-enhancement networking and mentoring initiatives as well as the internship/scholarship program – which has placed more than 200 female college students in paid summer positions since 1990. We hold regional events and an annual convention, where we honor individuals who have paved the way for women in the industry with the Mary Garber Pioneer Award.

our mission

The Association for Women in Sports Media has the following objectives:


Serve as a positive advocate for women in sports media by offering support, mentoring and networking services as well as national visibility.


Serve as a watchdog, promoting fair portrayal of female professionals in sports media, encouraging diversity, positive workplace environments and equal access to opportunities.


Mentor and assist college women interested in pursuing careers in sports media through internships and scholarships, student chapters and networking events.


Christine Brennan
Board Chair
USA Today
Iliana Limón Romero
Los Angeles Times
Ashley Colley
VP / Digital
Marisa Ingemi
Co-VP / Membership
San Francisco Chronicle
Amie Just
Co-VP / Membership
Lincoln Journal Star
Gina Mizell
VP / Professional Programs
Philadelphia Inquirer
Maggie Vanoni
VP / Student Programs
Hearst CT Media
Jenny Dial Creech
St. Mark's School of Texas


Emily Leiker
Digital / Social Media
Jenna Willhoit
Digital / Social Media
University of Dayton
Sarah Kezele
98.7 FM Arizona Sports
Lia Assimakopoulos
Student Chapters
Dallas Morning News
Christina Long
Student Chapters
Fort Smith Times Record
Chelsea Roemer
Student Chapters
Portland Sea Dogs
Addison Skaggs
Student Chapters
Oklahoma State University

A Special Thank You

AWSM thanks the following individuals for their service on the board during the organization’s first 30 years: 1987-2017.

Jill Agostino
Joan Andrews
Rachel Bachman
Carla Baranauckas
Julie Bartel
Stacy Bauman
Brooke Bentley
Teri Boggess
Paola Boivin
Meri-Jo Borzilleri
Jill Bouffard
Mary Schmitt Boyer
Christine Brennan
Kelly Burke
Karen Bush
Jenni Carlson
Robin Carr
Julie Cart
Rana Cash
Anita Cechowski
Rachel Cohen
Ashley Colley
Lydia Craver
Aimee Crawford
Jenny Dial Creech
Allison Creekmore
PK Daniel
Tracy Dodds
Jill Dorson
Cynthia Faulkner
Jas Faulkner
Susan Fornoff
Joanne Gerstner
Leslie Gibson
Kelli Grashel
Tracy Greer
Marie Hardin
Erin Harvego
Melanie Hauser
Cathy Henkel
Leba Hertz
Michelle Himmelberg
Elizabeth Holland
Kristin Huckshorn
Sara Hunninghake
Jim Jenks
Lindsay Jones
Stefanie Krasnow
Kathy Kudravi
Rachel Lenzi
Marjorie Lewis
Laken Litman
Stef Loh
Chevonne Mansfield
Mindy Matthews
Leslie McCarthy
Alexis McCombs
Vicki Michaelis
Ann Miller
Gina Mizell
Meghan Montemurro
Amy Moritz
Lori Nickel
Jennifer Overman
Valerie Panou
Kim Pendery
Alisha Puckett
Barb Reichert
Kathryn Reith
Linda Robertson
Teresa Rodriguez
Penny Rogers
Amy Rosewater
Ruth Sadler
Eve Sarris
Kelly Schultz
Roxanna Scott
Stacie Shain
Lori Shontz
Claire Smith
Michelle Smith
Jody Stott
Elaine Sung
Tammy Surprenant
Alex Tekip
Jean Tenuta
Camelia Trahan
Jodie Valade
Nicole Vargas
Susan Vinella
Kelly Whiteside
Rachel Whittaker
Celeste Williams
Lisa Winston
Lynn Zinser

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