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Kaylee Hartung '07: Sports Beat

— by on July 15th, 2015

When we last blogged about Kaylee Hartung, she was reporting live for ESPN on baseball’s 2015 World College Championships in Omaha, Nebraska.

The Roanoke Times caught up with her in early July to ask her how her liberal arts education at Washington and Lee University (she graduated in 2007 with a double major in politics and journalism) prepared her for her job as a sports broadcaster.

“I come at sports journalism first and foremost as a fan,” Kaylee said. “I was never an athlete. … I couldn’t even cut it at the Division III level.”

As someone who had never seen a lacrosse game until she arrived at W&L, Kaylee noted: “I never would have predicted I’d work for ESPN. … For me, getting a degree in journalism was about learning how to become the best storyteller, fact-finder, reporter that I could be, whether I’m talking sports or politics. It’s all the same craft.”

When asked what’s next for her, she said, “I just want to be where the biggest stories are. To be at this level at this stage of my career, I just want to build upon that. I do want the opportunity to work on more feature stories, but there is no replacement for watching somebody win a national championship.”

You can read the rest of her interview with the Roanoke Times online.