Kate Fagan Biography
Kate Fagan (Kathleen Elizabeth Fagan) is writer, columnist, host and former basketball player born on 15th November 1981 in Warwick, Rhode Island, United States. She is a columnist and feature writer for ESPN and a regular panelist on ESPN’s Around the Horn. She also contributes to The Sports Reporters, First Take among others.
Kate Fagan began her career as a professional basketball player who played professionally in Ireland until she decided to pursue writing. She began her writing career as a sports writer for “The Glen Falls Post-Star” and as the sports editor of “The Ellensburg Daily Record”. She later joined Philadelphia Inquirer, covering the 76ers for three seasons before she was hired by ESPN in 2011 as a columnist at espnW.
Kate Fagan Age
Kate was born on 15th November 1981 in Warwick, Rhode Island, United States (37 years as of 2018)
Kate Fagan Family
Kate’s parents are Chris Fagan a former basketball player who played professional basketball in Europe until he abandoned it and opened a financial investment company. Her mother Kathy Fagan is a former sales representative for McGraw-Hill.
Kate Fagan Ethnicity/ Nationality
Kate is an American of white ethnicity.Kate Fagan
Kate Fagan Education
Kate attended Niskayuna High School in Schenectady, New York and later joined the University of Colorado, graduating in 2004 with a Bachelor of Science in Communication.
Kate Fagan Lesbian
Kate Fagan is a lesbian who wrote about her ordeal after coming out on ESPN Magazine and later extended it to her book, ‘The Reappearing Act: Coming Out as Gay on a College Basketball Team Led by Born-Again Christians’.
“LOVE THE SINNER, hate the sin. Ten years ago, this phrase haunted me. I had just come out as gay to a number of my basketball teammates at the University of Colorado, some of whom were Christian, and they responded with those six words, believing them to be an expression of tolerance and acceptance. Love the sinner (in this case, me), hate the sin (in this case, my sexual orientation) became the vehicle that allowed them to transfer the burden of our star-crossed friendship to me.
That slogan was like a rock painted gold. At first, I counted my lucky stars: My friends were not abandoning me. But then, as the paint chipped away, I began to see how this philosophy played out day to day in the form of sympathetic hugs, prayer sessions on my behalf and awkward silences. Each interaction poisoned my mind, my self-confidence. I eventually walked away from those friendships, but the decision didn’t feel voluntary. It felt as if I’d been ushered to the door.” Kate wrote on the magazine.
Kate Fagan Partner/ Spouse
Kate Fagan began dating Kathryn Budig, a yoga instructor, in 2016. In May 2017 they started a podcast in ESPN titled Free Cookies.
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Kathryn was once married to a man but she later divorced him before getting into a relationship with Kate. She addressed the issue on her Facebook account
Kate Fagan Husband
Kate has no husband as she identifies as a lesbian and is in a relationship with Kathryn Budig.
Kate Fagan Sue Hovey
Kate Fagan was previously in a relationship with Sue Hovey, who was a former vice president and executive editor at ESPN. During an interview in 2014, Fagan was asked if there emerges professional jealousy or conflict since they both worked in sports journalism.
“Sue started as a writer, but spent the bulk of her career as an editor, so we actually work quite well together on that front. She helped me shape and edit my memoir – we’re like a tag team. Just having a safe space where someone you trust can be honest with you about your words. It’s invaluable.”
Kate Fagan Basketball
Kate is a former basketball player, she played basketball in high school and was her school’s all-time leading scorer. In 1999 to 2004 she played basketball for the women’s team at the University of Colorado. She also played professionally in Ireland until she decided to pursue writing.
Kate Fagan ESPN
In January 2012 Kate Fagan joined ESPN as a columnist and feature writer for espnW, a vertical devoted to coverage of women’s sports. Her stories have also appeared on ESPN.com and ESPN The Magazine. Kate is also a regular panelist on ESPN’s Around the Horn. She also contributes to The Sports Reporters, First Take among others.
Kate has written several articles that has generated media and social attention such as 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.
Kate Fagan Leaving ESPN
In November 2018 Kate said that she would be leaving ESPN by the end of the year after she refused an offer for a contract extension. Kate confirmed the news through her Twitter account.
Had an awesome seven years at ESPN; met some awesome, amazing folks. (You know who you are!) Not sure what is next, but excited for the challenge. https://t.co/ICBp3O6ONj
— Kate Fagan (@katefagan3) November 19, 2018
During an interview, she revealed that she wanted to explore more areas in sports apart from the day to day sports which was not possible to do while in ESPN.
“To continue at ESPN I would have to be immersed in the day-to-day in sports and I found myself more and more interested in other aspects of sports — like how it connects to our culture. That was not going to be the big business of ESPN.
I think I thought at one point that I wanted to do a show — and could do a show — that made women’s sports really cool. I thought there could be a show on some of the tangential topics — LGBT issues and mental health. Five years ago I thought I could host a show that introduces new female characters to the women’s sports world. This isn’t ESPN’s fault, but I’m not that naive now. I still think ESPN cares about those important stories, regardless of whatever slight shift there is.”
When she was asked about ‘Outside the Lines’ she said: “At various points, the show has fought for its life in the programming schedule, so that was not a factor [in the departure]. But because it’s a show and a brand and a group of people who are doing important work, I have one eye on it, hoping it continues at ESPN, because it’s invaluable.”
About what is next in her next chapter Fagan said: “I’m working with [production company] Embassy Row to develop something for the next eight months. I’m speaking about mental health and sports on college campuses. And I’m going to put together another book proposal and work on a TV pilot.”
Kate Fagan Books
- The Reappearing Act: Coming Out as Gay on a College Basketball Team Led by Born-Again Christians
- What Made Maddy Run: The Secret Struggles and Tragic Death of an All-American Teen.
Kate Fagan Net Worth
Kate has an estimated net worth of $ 1.4 million.
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