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Columnist and Feature Writer, ESPN.com and ESPN The Magazine

Kate Fagan: Biography at a Glance

  • Columnist and feature writer for ESPN.com and ESPN The Magazine, as well as on-air talent for ESPN.
  • Can currently be seen on Outside the Lines and E:60 and is a core member of The Friday Four.
  • She has also made 150 appearances on Around the Horn, where she served as the show's first female host in 2017.
  • Kate is also the author of What Made Maddy Run, which spent one month as the #1 New York Times best-seller on the Sports list.
  • In addition to her work with ESPN, Kate is a sought-after speaker on athlete mental health, LGBT issues within sports, and the variables facing female athletes.
Columnist and Feature Writer, ESPN.com and ESPN The Magazine

Kate is a columnist and feature writer for ESPN.com and ESPN The Magazine, as well as on-air talent for ESPN. Kate can currently be seen on Outside the Lines and E:60 and is a core member of The Friday Four. She has also made 150 appearances on Around the Horn, where she served as the show's first female host in 2017.

Kate is also the author of WHAT MADE MADDY RUN, which spent one month as the #1 New York Times best-seller on the Sports list. The 2017 book addresses the important issues of anxiety, depression, and suicide in a perfectionist, social-media driven society. She is also the author of the memoir THE REAPPEARING ACT about her experience coming out while at the University of Colorado.

In addition to her work with ESPN, Kate is a sought-after speaker on athlete mental health, LGBT issues within sports, and the variables facing female athletes. Kate recently served as the commencement speaker at her alma mater in May of 2017, and routinely hosts events and moderates panels both for brands and for non-profits. 

Kate and her wife, international yoga teacher and best-selling author Kathryn Budig, together host the podcast “Free Cookies,” which blends wellness, food, and humor and she was named a 2018 Webby finalist for "Best Sports Podcast." 

“Very smooth - Kate was phenomenal. ”

Lehigh University

“It went awesome. Kate was fantastic.”

Boston University

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