Christine Brennan Biography
Christine Brennan Is An American Sports Columnist for USA Today, a commentator on ABC News, CNN, PBS NewsHour and NPR, and a best-selling author. Brenan was the first female sports reporter for the Miami Herald in 1981, the first woman at the Washington Post on the Washington Redskins beat in 1985, and the first president of the Association for Women in Sports Media in 1988.
Christine Brennan Age
Born On May 14, 1958.
Christine Brennan Career
Brennan received bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University. After graduating, she began working for the Miami Herald, becoming the Herald’s first female sports reporter in 1981. She covered the Miami Hurricanes during their trip to the 1984 Orange Bowl national championship game, after which she wrote her first book, The Miracle of Miami.At the game, she connected with former classmate Michael Wilbon, who recommended her to his Washington Post editors; she joined the Post’s sports staff shortly thereafter.She covered the Washington Redskins beat for three years, then moved on to covering the Olympic Games. She worked for the Post for 12 years before joining USA Today as its national sports columnist in 1997.
She has written seven books on sports, including best-selling Inside Edge, about Olympic figure skating, which was named one of the top 100 sports books of all time by Sports Illustrated in 2002. She is an on-air commentator for ABC News, CNN, PBS NewsHour, and NPR. She has covered every Olympic Games, summer and winter, since the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles.
Christine Brennan Steve Jobs
Brennan and Jobs’s relationship began in 1972 while they were students in high school together. Brennan remained involved with Jobs while he was at Reed College. Brennan (who was now a senior at Homestead High School) did not have plans to attend college and was supportive of Jobs when he told her he planned to drop out of Reed. He continued to attend by auditing classes, but Brennan stopped visiting him. Jobs later asked her to come and live with him in a house he rented near the Reed campus, but she refused. He had started seeing other women, and she was interested in someone she met in her art class. Brennan speculates that the house was Jobs’ attempt to make their relationship monogamous again.
In mid-1973, Jobs moved back to the San Francisco Bay Area. Brennan states by this point that their “relationship was complicated. I couldn’t break the connection and I couldn’t commit. Steve couldn’t either.”By early 1974, Jobs was living what Brennan describes as a “simple life” in a Los Gatos cabin, working at Atari, and saving money for his impending trip to India. Brennan visited him twice at the cabin.
After Brennan graduated from high school Jobs invited her to come and see him at the All One Farm, a commune in Oregon. In early 1975, Brennan became involved with a Zen Buddhist community in Los Altos, where she accidentally bumped into Jobs (whom she had not seen since the All One Farm). It was through this community that they would both meet and work with the Zen master Kobun.
Christine Brennan John Coughlin
Coughlin, 33, hanged himself in his father’s Kansas City home Jan. 18, one day after he received an interim suspension from the U.S. Center for SafeSport. USA TODAY Sports has reported that there were three reports of sexual misconduct against Coughlin, two of them involving minors, according to a person with knowledge of the situation who was not authorized to talk publicly about the matter. Coughlin’s death effectively ended the investigation into those reports, SafeSport announced in February.
In the Jackson County (Mo.) medical examiner investigative report, medical investigator Christina Hawkins wrote that Coughlin’s family told her Coughlin “had been depressed because of false allegations.”
“The subject is an Olympic figure skater who was currently trying to get a commentator position with the U.S. Olympic Committee,” Hawkins wrote. “He was competing for the position with another person. This person made false allegations, which resulted in the subject getting suspended from all correspondence and activities.”
Christine Brennan Awards
- 993 Capital Press Women’s “Woman of Achievement”
- 1995 Inductee—Ohio Women’s Hall of Fame
- 2001 and 2003 Associated Press Sports Editors—Top 10 columnists in the category of the nation’s biggest newspapers
- 2002 U.S. Sports Academy’s Ronald Reagan media award
- 2003 Jake Wade Award from the College Sports Information Directors of America for outstanding media contribution to intercollegiate athletics
- 2004 Association for Women in Sports Media—Pioneer Award
- 2004 Northwestern University Medill School of Journalism Hall of Achievement inductee
- 2005 Woman of the Year from WISE (Women in Sports and Events)
- 2006 Inaugural Billie Award in Journalism
- 2006 Inductee—Ottawa Hills (Ohio) Foundation Hall of Fame
- 2006 Alumnae Award winner from The Alumnae of Northwestern University
- 2007 Northwestern University Alumni Service Award
- 2008 Inaugural Northwestern University Women’s Athletics Alumnae Award
- 2013 Yale University Kiphuth Medal
- 2013 Ralph McGill Lecturer at the University of Georgia
- 2016 Association for Women in Sports Media-Ann Miller Service Award
- 2016 Washington DC Sports Hall of Fame
- 2017 Northwestern Athletics Hall of Fame