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26th annual Caulfield Lecture to feature award-winning USA Today sports columnist Christine Brennan

February 24, 2014 | By Nick Alexopulos

Christine Brennan
Christine Brennan

Loyola University Maryland welcomes Christine Brennan, award-winning sports columnist for USA Today and best-selling author, for the 2014 Muriel and Clarence J. Caulfield Memorial Lecture on Wednesday, April 23, at 5 p.m. in McGuire Hall on the Evergreen campus. The event is free and open to the public, and no tickets are required.

As a journalist Brennan has covered 14 consecutive Olympic Games, both summer and winter. She was the first woman sports writer at the Miami Herald in 1981, and in 1985 was the first woman to cover the Washington Redskins as a staff writer at the Washington Post. Additionally, Brennan was the first president of the Association for Women in Sports Media in addition to starting an internship-scholarship program that honors nine female students annually. In 2002, Brennan broke the news of the pairs figure skating scandal at the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympics, and her USA Today column that same year on Augusta National Golf Club triggered the debate on the club's lack of female members.

Brennan has been recognized with several honors and awards, including being named one of the top 10 U.S. sports columnists twice by the Associated Press Sports Editors. She was the 1993 Capital Press Women’s “Woman of Achievement,” and the University of North Carolina's 2002 Reed Sarratt Distinguished Lecturer. She won the 2003 Jake Wade Award from the College Sports Information Directors of America, was named the Woman of the Year by WISE (Women in Sports and Events) in 2005, and received the inaugural Women's Sports Foundation Billie Award for journalism in 2006.

She frequently appears on national media broadcasts as an ABC News and ESPN commentator and NPR “Morning Edition” contributor. She is the author of seven books, including the bestseller Inside Edge that chronicled the secret, behind-the-scenes world of figure skating.

Brennan, a native of Toledo, Ohio, is a member of the Ohio Women's Hall of Fame and Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism Hall of Achievement.

About the Caulfield Lecture:
Now in its 26th year, the Caulfield Lecture series at Loyola was established by the family of Clarence J. Caulfield, a 1922 alumnus who spent 26 years as an editor at The Baltimore Sun and was a mentor to such prominent writers as J. Anthony Lukas and Russell T. Baker. Hosted by the communication department, the Caulfield Lecture brings journalists and commentators of national stature to Loyola every year. Ari Shapiro, White House reporter for National Public Radio, spoke at last year’s lecture.

Loyola marketing and communications intern Ariel Genovese, '14, was the primary author of this story.

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