5 Rising Female Sports Journalists You Need to Follow


We’re midway into Women’s History Month, but, one month isn’t sufficient to honor all of the amazing ladies who are enriching sports through their work. In a male-dominated industry like the sports biz, the women who are working to break boundaries and shatter glass ceilings deserve to be praised on the regular. This week, we’re giving props to some of the rising female sports broadcasters and personalities who hustle each and every week to keep us informed at games, deliver exclusive interviews with players and coaches, and cover breaking stories in sports.

Ahead, we’re serving up our roster of 5 up and coming women of color in sports journalism whose names you need to know. Scroll through to learn more about each budding media maven and see some of their most awe-inspiring career highlights to date.

1. Brianna Dahlquist

Brianna Dahlquist is an emerging force to be reckoned with in the sports broadcasting world. Seen on 11 Alive and Georgia State University’s Primetime Sportz, Dahlquist consistently delivers insightful interviews with some of the most talked about athletes and coaches in Georgia. Hear her candid chat with Georgia State Men's Basketball head coach Ron Hunter in one of the newest episodes of Primetime Sportz.

2. Janaé Adams

Janaé Adams is a senior at Clark Atlanta University who is already making major moves. Adams is a Rhoden Fellow with ESPN's The Undefeated and works with NBA TV to do highlight edits. Adams resume also boasts sports coverage in the Atlanta University Center and AAU Basketball games. Below, watch the CAU student kill it in an interview with legendary NBA player Isiah Thomas.

3. Autumn Johnson

Autumn Johnson went viral on Twitter last July after she shared her show-stopping reporting reel that has garnered 1.76 million views to date. Since graduating from Kennesaw State University in 2018, Johnson has secured a position as an ESPN+ Color Analyst and Sideline Reporter. She also is a freelance reporter for R3Play.Tv, where she writes up recaps for the Atlanta Hawks, Atlanta Dream, and other local sporting events across the Metro Atlanta area. Catch her showcasing her interviewing skills in her reel featured below!

4. Jael Rucker

If you attend any Georgia State University football or basketball games, Jael Rucker is one of the faces you’ll see on the sidelines. Rucker is an ESPN 3 reporter responsible for giving us the 411 during Georgia State University games. She also reports and writes for ScrapSports, a platform highlighting young athletes. See Rucker in action below!

5. Chloe Pavlech

A former guard on the University of Maryland Women’s Basketball team, Chloe Pavlech has since transitioned into the world of sports reporting. She currently works as talent and the digital content manager for Overtime. Pavlech also has gigs working as a women’s basketball analyst for ESPN, Big Ten Network, and American University. Press play to watch her most recent reel!

Is there a female sports journalist you love? Let us know in the comments, Sweat Sisters!

SWEATLEBRITY REPORTER | Olivia Hancock is is currently a junior at Georgia State University. The 19-year-old has loved writing ever since she can remember and her passion for it has allowed her to hold the title of PRETTY GIRLS SWEAT Teen Reporter for five consecutive terms. In addition, Olivia has had the opportunity to work with Her Campus, Aeropostale and Nordstrom as an ambassador. Her writing has been published on xoNecole, 21 Ninety, Her Campus, One MusicFest, and The Life Currency. In the future, Olivia plans to graduate with a bachelor’s degree in Journalism and pursue a professional career as a writer at a lifestyle publication.