Katie Kerwin McCrimmon
Katie Kerwin McCrimmon (born 1965 in Denver, Colorado) is a journalist and former reporter/analyst for ESPN. She won the 1979 National Spelling Bee, representing the Rocky Mountain News, by spelling the word "maculature."
McCrimmon's spelling bee win won her a full scholarship to Colorado College, where she graduated with a degree in journalism in 1987. After college, she began to work for the Rocky Mountain News and served as their Washington, D.C. correspondent until 1996 and continued at the paper until it closed in 2009. In the early 1990s, CNN began broadcasting the National Spelling Bee and invited her to be a commentator. ESPN2 began broadcasting the contest in 1994, and McCrimmon became their commentator until 2005.
- Scripps National Spelling Bee list of Champions and Their Winning Words
- Maguire, James (2006). American bee: the National Spelling Bee and the culture of word nerds. Rodale. p. 129. ISBN 1-59486-214-1.
- Associated Press (June 7, 1979). "Spelling Bee is Won by Denver 13-Year Old". Spokane Daily Chronicle. Retrieved June 7, 2010.
- Associated Press (June 7, 1979). "Under A Spell (photos)". Spokane Daily Chronicle. Retrieved June 7, 2010.
- United Press International (June 6, 1979). "'Maculature' Is Winning Word". Daily Record (Washington). Archived from the original on January 24, 2013. Retrieved June 7, 2010.
- Reader's Direst 1980 Almanac and Yearbook, p.690 (1980) (ISBN 978-0895770790) ("Katie Kerwin, 13, of Denver, won the National Spelling Bee by spelling "maculature" correctly")
- "Stories by Katie McCrimmon". Rocky Mountain News. Retrieved 2009-08-04.
- Trinkle, Barrie et al. How to Spell Like a Champ, p.98, 156 (2006) (ISBN 978-0761143697)
- "ESPN carries buzz on spelling bee". Rocky Mountain News. May 29, 2002. Retrieved June 7, 2010.
- IMDB Full Cast of Akeelah and the Bee
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