GAMBIER — ESPN writer and panelist Kate Fagan will visit Kenyon College to present “Split Image: Reporting on Sports, Social Media and Mental Health,” on Monday, April 2, at 7 p.m. in Rosse Hall, 105 College Drive.
Fagan currently writes for espnW, ESPN.com and ESPN The Magazine. She also is a regular panelist on ESPN’s “Around the Horn” and contributes to “Outside the Lines.”
In May 2015, Fagan published an in-depth feature for espnW and companion video for SportsCenter on former University of Pennsylvania track and field athlete Madison Holleran, who died by suicide. The main story has generated more than three million hits, and the video feature has been viewed nearly seven million times. It is the most-read story in espnW’s history, and the companion video feature is the most-watched in ESPN digital media history. Kate also secured a publishing deal with Little Brown to expand upon the article in a full-length book, titled “What Made Maddy Run,” which came out in August 2017 and made the New York Times’ list of best-sellers.
Fagan is a 2004 graduate of the University of Colorado, where she was a member of the women’s basketball team. In 2014, she published “The Reappearing Act: Coming Out as Gay on a College Basketball Team Led by Born-Again Christians.”
Prior to her work at ESPN, Fagan spent three seasons covering the 76ers for the Philadelphia Inquirer.
Her work was cited in the anthology of “Best American Sports Writing 2013,” and she has been featured on Longreads, a site that curates the best in long-form journalism and fiction.
“What Made Maddy Run” will be available in the Kenyon College Bookstore, 106 Gaskin Ave., before and after the event. It also will be sold at Rosse Hall immediately following the presentation.