Kate Fagan

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Kate Fagan
Kathleen Elizabeth Fagan

(1981-11-15) November 15, 1981 (age 37)
EducationUniversity of Colorado Boulder
OccupationSports journalist
Spouse(s)Kathryn Budig

Kathleen Elizabeth Fagan (born November 15, 1981)[1][2] is a sports reporter and commentator employed by ESPN. Before joining the ESPN staff, she worked as the Philadelphia Inquirer's beat writer for the NBA's Philadelphia 76ers.

Early life[edit]

Fagan was born in Warwick, Rhode Island. Fagan's father played professional basketball in Europe before later opening a financial investment company. Her mother worked as a sales representative for McGraw-Hill. She attended Niskayuna High School in Niskayuna, New York where she became the school's all-time leading scorer in basketball.

Fagan attended the University of Colorado Boulder where she lettered in basketball. After suffering a foot injury as a freshman, she rebounded to be among the team's best shooters and scorers. She set a Big 12 Conference record by making 44 consecutive free throws during the 2002-03 season and was a perennial First Team Academic Big 12 performer.[1] In 2004, Fagan graduated from the University of Colorado at Boulder with a Bachelor of Science in Communication.[3] She also played two seasons with the Colorado Chill of the National Women's Basketball League (NWBL).[4]


Fagan began her professional career as a sports editor for the Ellensburg Daily Record, in 2006; the following year she moved to the Glens Falls Post-Star as a "sportswriter."[5][3] Later, from 2008 to 2011, she was on the staff of the Philadelphia Inquirer,[5] where she was the Philadelphia 76ers beat writer.

As an ESPN writer since 2012,[5] Fagan makes regular appearances on Around the Horn and First Take. She co-hosts The Trifecta with Spain, Jane and Kate with Sarah Spain and Jane McManus on espnW and Will and Kate with Will Cain on ESPN Radio. Fagan's piece "Owning the Middle," a profile of basketball player Brittney Griner for the ESPN magazine,[6] was selected for inclusion in Glenn Stout's "Notable Sports Writing of 2013".[7][8]

Fagan is a regular on the 538 podcast Hot Takedown.[9]

In 2014, Fagan authored The Reappearing Act: Coming Out as Gay on a College Basketball Team Led by Born-Again Christians through Skyhorse Publishing.[10] The memoir chronicles Fagan's experiences on the Colorado women's basketball team. Her second book, What Made Maddy Run, about Madison Holleran, a University of Pennsylvania track and field athlete who took her own life in 2014, was released on August first, 2017.[11] Her book delves into the pressure young women face in regards to social media, specifically Instagram. She brings to light the disparities between Holleran's depressive reality, and the fun and filtered photos that she posted on Instagram.[12]

In May 2017, she started a podcast on ESPN called Free Cookies, which she co-hosts with her partner, yoga instructor Kathryn Budig

As of January 18, 2018, she has 36 wins on ESPN's Around the Horn

On October 4, 2018 she married her partner Kathryn Budig.


  1. ^ a b "Kate Fagan". Colorado Buffaloes. 2003. Retrieved November 21, 2016.
  2. ^ Fagan, Kate (August 28, 2003). "Buffaloes' Kathleen Elizabeth Fagan Journal". Big 12 Conference. Retrieved November 21, 2016.
  3. ^ a b http://espnmediazone.com/us/bios/kate-fagan//
  4. ^ "Book excerpt: 'The Reappearing Act'". espn.go.com. April 30, 2014. Retrieved June 30, 2016.
  5. ^ a b c "Kate Fagan." Contemporary Authors Online. Farmington Hills, MI: Gale, 2015. Retrieved via Biography in Context database, 2017-05-04.
  6. ^ Fagan, Kate (May 29, 2013). "Owning the Middle". ESPN The Magazine. Retrieved 2017-05-05.
  7. ^ Stout, Glenn, "Notable Sports Writing of 2013", in: Christopher McDougal (Ed.), The Best American Sports Writing 2014. Series, Best American Sports Writing, edited by Stout. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2014. p. 385.
  8. ^ "Kate Fagan." Contemporary Authors Online. Farmington Hills, MI: Gale, 2015. Retrieved 2017-05-05. The Gale author profile mistakenly implies that Fagan has work included in the 2013 anthology; however, "Notable Sports Writing" is a separate annual list included in the following year's anthology.
  9. ^ http://fivethirtyeight.com/datalab/introducing-hot-takedown-fivethirtyeights-first-podcast
  10. ^ http://skyhorsepublishing.com/titles/1389-9781629142050-reappearing-act
  11. ^ "Exclusive book excerpt -- 'What Made Maddy Run' by Kate Fagan". espnW. Retrieved 2017-12-10.
  12. ^ "From The Mag: Penn runner's depression masked on social media". ESPN.com. Retrieved 2017-12-10.

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