ESPN’s “Journalism Showcase” – September 22, 2017

ESPN The Magazine’s senior writer Kevin Van Valkenburg wrote a piece on ESPN.com that also appears in ESPN The Magazine’s MLB Playoffs Issue about Seattle Seahawks running back Eddie Lacy. For the first time, Lacy opens up about being constantly mocked on social media for his struggles with his weight. In the video above, Van Valkenburg discusses why Lacy was so vulnerable with him.

In addition to Van Valkenburg’s interview with Front Row, he discussed the Lacy story with SportsCenter’s Cari Champion on Thursday in the video embedded below.

Journalism on Display

  • ESPN’s Tim Keown spent time with the Los Angeles Dodgers throughout the 2017 season to write this longform piece appearing in ESPN The Magazine’s MLB Playoff Issue.
  • In an as-told-to piece by espnW’s Laura Marcinek Purtell, ESPN analyst Pam Shriver recalls watching Billie Jean King defeat Bobby Riggs, an event that Shriver says influenced her tennis career.
  • The Football Writers Association of America has named 10 ESPN.com writers as winners of its Best Writing Contest. The winners will be recognized at the annual FWAA Awards Breakfast on Jan. 8, 2018, in Atlanta. Read the full list of winners here.
  • Jason Reid of The Undefeated writes about the Oakland Raiders wideout Amari Cooper in this piece: Reid discusses how Cooper has progressed since starring at Alabama as a collegian and why Cooper will play a key role in his third year with the team.