Youth Takeover: Women Sports Journalists Making Their Mark in the Bay Area and Beyond

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Sports journalism has long been a male-dominated field. According to last year’s Associated Press Sports Editors Racial and Gender Report Card, less than 15% of sports reporters in the U.S. and Canada are women. One aspiring sports journalist hoping to be a part of improving that statistic is high school sophomore Mahi Jariwala from Danville, who created and hosts her own sports podcast “She Can Ball.” As part of KQED’s annual Youth Takeover week, Jariwala joins Alexis Madrigal to co-host Forum’s conversation with Bay Area sports journalists Kerith Burke and Amy Gutierrez, plus ESPN’s Mina Kimes and MLB Network's Keiana Martin, about navigating the male-dominated sports media industry and reporting on your favorite sports teams. 


Mahi Jariwala, sophomore, Monte Vista High School; creator and host, "She Can Ball" podcast

Mina Kimes, NFL analyst, ESPN; host, "The Mina Kimes Show featuring Lenny" podcast

Kerith Burke, Golden State Warriors reporter, NBC Sports Bay Area and CA

Amy Gutierrez, producer, reporter, host covering the San Francisco Giants; national correspondent, MLB Network

Keiana Martin, host, MLB Network; former senior team reporter, San Francisco 49ers