ESPN writer and Department of Communication alumna Kate Fagan will give the university's 2017 spring commencement address on Friday, May 12, at Folsom Field.
Fagan joined ESPN in 2012 and has been a columnist and feature writer for espnW, whose stories have also appeared on ESPN.com and ESPN The Magazine. She is a regular panelist on ESPN’s Around the Horn, contributes to The Sports Reporters, First Take and other shows.
Fagan has written several in-depth profiles that have generated media and social buzz, including an ESPN The Magazine story on U.S. Women’s National Team star Abby Wambach, a breaking-news interview with Derrick Gordon, the first openly gay player in NCAA Division I men’s basketball and a poignant look at Madison Holleran, a University of Pennsylvania track and field athlete who died by suicide.
Previously, Fagan spent three seasons covering the Philadelphia 76ers for the Philadelphia Inquirer. Prior to that, she was also a sports writer for The Glen Falls Post-Star and the sports editor of The Ellensburg Daily Record.
Fagan graduated from the University of Colorado Boulder and played on the women’s basketball team.