Katherine Connors

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Katie Connors
Beauty pageant titleholder
Katherine Connors.jpg
Connors prior to throwing a ceremonial pitch at a Washington Nationals game.
Born Katherine Anna Connors
(1989-05-31) May 31, 1989 (age 26)
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Title(s) Miss Iowa USA 2010
Miss USA 2010

Katherine "Katie" Anna Connors (born May 31, 1989) is a model and beauty queen from Bettendorf, Iowa who holds the Miss Iowa USA 2010 title and who has competed in the Miss USA pageant.


Connors won the Miss Iowa USA title on December 13, 2009.[1] She was previously a runner-up in the 2009 and 2008 competitions and made the top ten in the Miss Iowa Teen USA 2007 pageant.[2] Connors represented Iowa in the Miss USA 2010 pageant held in Las Vegas, Nevada on May 16, 2010 but did not place.[3]

Miguel Batista incident[edit]

Connors after throwing the ceremonial pitch

Connors gained national attention in July 2010 after a comment from Washington Nationals pitcher Miguel Batista led to her throwing a ceremonial pitch at a Nationals game. In a previous game Batista was announced as the replacement started for Stephen Strasburg who was injured.[4] The crowd booed Batista as he walked onto the field, which lead to him commenting after the game, "Imagine if you go to see Miss Universe, then you end up having to watch Miss Iowa. You might get those kind of boos".[5] When Connors replied in a statement, "I know I can throw a pitch or two! The question is, can Miguel Batista walk the runway in a swimsuit?" Batista sent her flowers and she was invited to throw a ceremonial pitch at Nationals Park on 30 July 2010.[6][7] Batista has been invited to judge the 2011 Miss Iowa USA competition.[4]

Personal life[edit]

Connors graduated from Davenport Assumption High School in 2007 and attended Georgia State University.[2] In July 2012 Connors was selected to the 2012-2013 NBA Atlanta Hawks cheerleading squad. Katherine has a small role in "Dumb and Dumber to" being released 11/14/14. Katherine became engaged to rap artist Warren Anderson Mathis "Bubba Sparxxx" in March 2015.


  1. ^ George, Mallory (2009-12-13). "Miss Iowa USA, Miss Iowa Teen USA winners announced". Des Moines Register. [dead link]
  2. ^ a b Geyer, Thomas (2009-12-21). "Bettendorf gains two pageant crowns". Quad-City Times. 
  3. ^ Luna, Kay (2010-05-11). "Miss Iowa's sexy photo: It's pageant marketing". Quad-City Times. 
  4. ^ a b Melok, Bobby (2010-07-29). "Miss Iowa Katherine Connors to visit Washington Nationals after pitcher Miguel Batista's insult". New York Daily News. 
  5. ^ "Katherine Connors: Can Miguel Batista walk in a swimsuit". Washington Post. 2010-07-29. 
  6. ^ "Photos: Who Is Katherine Connors, Miss Iowa?". MyFoxPhoenix. 2010-07-30. [dead link]
  7. ^ Dahlberg, Tim (2010-07-30). "Some humiliation not always a bad thing". Associated Press. [dead link]

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Preceded by
Chelsea Gauger
Miss Iowa USA
Succeeded by
Rebecca Goldsmith