Britt McHenry

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Britt McHenry
Britt McHenry Lions at Redskins August 20 2015.jpg
McHenry at FedExField in August 2015
Born
Brittany May McHenry

(1986-05-28) May 28, 1986 (age 33)

Brittany May "Britt" McHenry (born May 28, 1986) is a former ESPN personality. She is currently a commentator on Fox Nation, Fox News' 24/7 streaming service.[1] She is the host of a show on WTTG Fox 5 in Washington, D.C.[2][3]

Early life[edit]

McHenry, the daughter of an Air Force Lt. Colonel,[4][5][6] was born in Mount Holly Township, New Jersey, and grew up in Satellite Beach, Florida, where she graduated from Satellite High School in 2004.[7] A four-year varsity starter for the women's soccer team, she was teammates with future United States women's national soccer team player, goalkeeper Ashlyn Harris.[8] McHenry attended Stetson University and played on the Hatters soccer team as a midfielder for the 2004 season.[9][10] McHenry also spent time as a model in college, working for the Wilhelmina Models agency.[4][11] After graduating magna cum laude in 2007 from Stetson, McHenry went on to Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism. At Medill, McHenry started covering stories in Chicago, Illinois.[12]

Career[edit]

After graduating from Medill School of Journalism,[13] McHenry began her career working for WJLA-TV, ABC Television's Washington affiliate, and its sister station NewsChannel 8 as a sports reporter and fill-in anchor. After two weeks at Fox Sports San Diego as a dugout reporter on the San Diego Padres telecasts, she returned to ABC 7.[14]

In March 2014, she left ABC7 to join ESPN as a Washington, D.C.-based bureau reporter. She served as correspondent for various shows including SportsCenter, Outside the Lines, NFL Live and Baseball Tonight.[15] On April 27, 2017, McHenry announced on Twitter that she was being let go by ESPN, with the NFL Draft being her last assignment. McHenry was part of a 100-person layoff that included Ed Werder, Jayson Stark and Jay Crawford.[16][17] In May 2018, McHenry tweeted that she was fired because she "was white and paid too much."[1]

McHenry has written columns for The Federalist.[18]

Towing controversy[edit]

On April 16, 2015, a video of McHenry verbally berating and mocking a tow lot employee, Gina Michelle, using foul language was posted on LiveLeak.[19] McHenry later apologized on Twitter, writing: "In an intense and stressful moment, I allowed my emotions to get the best of me and said some insulting and regrettable things... I am so sorry for my actions and will learn from this mistake."[20] In response to the incident, ESPN suspended McHenry from the network for one week.[21] A day later, the towing company released a statement saying they did not want to see McHenry suspended or terminated as a result of her comments.[22][23][24]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Former ESPN Reporter Britt McHenry to Join Fox News". AdWeek.com. Retrieved October 1, 2018.
  2. ^ "Britt McHenry to host weekly news TV show". NY Daily News. Retrieved March 1, 2018.
  3. ^ "'Like It or Not,' Britt McHenry returns to D.C. airwaves with a weekly show". Washington Post. Retrieved March 3, 2018.
  4. ^ a b "The ESPN reporter (and future Mrs. Chris Hemsworth) explains her quick rise up the sports television mountain and tells why her career aspirations have shifted from Mia Hamm to Robin Roberts. -". JeffPearlman.com. Retrieved March 1, 2018.
  5. ^ "ESPN's Britt McHenry: "I Blame Myself, but the Video Is Not Who I Am" -". marieclaire.com. Retrieved March 3, 2018.
  6. ^ "Britt McHenry is really speaking her mind since ESPN firing -". nypost.com. Retrieved March 3, 2018.
  7. ^ "ESPN lays off Britt McHenry, Satellite High grad -". floridatoday.com. Retrieved March 3, 2018.
  8. ^ Manahan, Kevin. "ESPN disciplines snotty Mount Holly native Britt McHenry for obnoxious rant at attendant", NJ Advance Media for NJ.com, April 16, 2015. Accessed October 8, 2017. "McHenry, 28, was born in Mount Holly Township in 1986. She graduated from Satellite High School in 2004, where she was a teammate of professional soccer player Ashlyn Harris."
  9. ^ "All-time letterwinners". Stetson Women's Soccer 2009. Stetson University. p. 25. Retrieved April 18, 2015.
  10. ^ "#29 Brittany McHenry". Stetson University. Archived from the original on January 16, 2005. Retrieved April 18, 2015.
  11. ^ "Britt McHenry, Paige Spiranac argue about golfer's nude shoot -". nypost.com. Retrieved March 3, 2018.
  12. ^ McHenry, Brittany (May 27, 2008). "Remember the troops, Army vet says, but get out of this war". Medill Reports. Medill School of Journalism, Northwestern University. Archived from the original on September 30, 2011. Retrieved April 18, 2015.
  13. ^ "Satellite Beach Sportscaster Shines In Nation's Capital -". SpaceCoastDaily.com. Retrieved January 19, 2018.
  14. ^ Steinberg, Dan (March 12, 2014). "Britt McHenry on going to ESPN, but staying in D.C." Retrieved January 19, 2018 – via www.WashingtonPost.com.
  15. ^ "Britt McHenry". ESPN MediaZone. Archived from the original on April 17, 2015. Retrieved April 17, 2015.
  16. ^ Bonesteel, Matt; Boren, Cindy (May 1, 2017). "ESPN's massive round of layoffs hit familiar faces, including Marc Stein, Andrew Brandt and Adam Caplan". Retrieved January 19, 2018 – via www.WashingtonPost.com.
  17. ^ "ESPN's former host Britt McHenry implies she was laid off over conservative views". FoxNews.com. June 27, 2017. Retrieved January 19, 2018.
  18. ^ "Britt McHenry, Author at The Federalist". The Federalist. Retrieved January 19, 2018.
  19. ^ "Gender bender at ESPN? If Britt (Brat) McHenry was a man, she'd be out of a job". New York Daily News. April 18, 2015. Retrieved April 18, 2015.
  20. ^ Britt McHerny Tweet on Twitter
  21. ^ Mandell, Nina (April 16, 2015). "ESPN suspends Britt McHenry:Emotions [got] the best of me". ftw.usatoday.com. Retrieved April 16, 2015.
  22. ^ Yates, Clinton; Larimer, Sarah (April 17, 2015). "Towing company releases statement following Britt McHenry suspension". Washington Post. Retrieved April 19, 2015.
  23. ^ Parker, Ryan (April 17, 2015). "Tow company forgives Britt McHenry for rant, others out for blood". LA Times. Retrieved April 19, 2015.
  24. ^ Freed, Benjamin (April 17, 2015). "Arlington Towing Company in Britt McHenry Video Has a Long History of Complaints". Washingtonian. Retrieved April 19, 2015.

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