Two steps forward, one step back

Recently, I wrote an article about my road to becoming a sportscaster, which began when I was in high school in 1972. I got my first job in front of the camera in 1983 at WRBL-TV in Columbus, Georgia, which and led to positions at WROC‐TV in Rochester, New York, KTSP‐TV in Phoenix, Arizona, and ESPN in Bristol, Connecticut where I anchored SportsCenter. I finished my on‐camera broadcasting career with a two‐year stint as the studio host for the NBA’s Phoenix Suns.

Flash forward to 2018. Women sportscasters are certainly more prevalent than in those nascent days. But while the number of women working in TV sports has risen exponentially, the acceptance rate has, perhaps, remained little changed.

When the NFL gave Beth Mowins the opportunity to call a game on Monday Night Football this season, there was certainly rejoicing that another glass ceiling had shattered. That is, until the negative comments commenced.

Two steps forward, one step back.


Anne Montgomery’s novel, The Scent of Rain, tells the story of two Arizona teenagers whose fates become intertwined. Rose flees into the mountains to escape from her abusive polygamous community where her only future is marriage to a man older than her father. Adan, whose only wish is to be reunited with his mother, is on the run from the cruelties of the foster care system. Are there any adults they can trust? Can they even trust each other?  The Scent of Rain is available at and wherever books are sold.

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