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Journalism on Display: ESPN’s Liz Merrill Wins Prestigious Sportswriting Award

ESPN.com senior writer's feature on a former basketball star-turned-nun wins 2020 Dan Jenkins Medal for Excellence in Sportswriting

Liz Merrill (Joe Faraoni/ESPN Images)

ESPN’s Liz Merrill has been named a 2020 Dan Jenkins Medal for Excellence in Sportswriting award recipient by the Moody College of Communication Center for Sports Communication & Media at the University of Texas.

She was nominated for her August 2019 ESPN.com piece “Whatever Happened to Villanova Basketball Star Shelly Pennefather? ‘So I Made This Deal with God.’” The story also was made into an ESPN “SC Featured” segment for SportsCenter.

Helen Perreta greets Sr. Rose Marie – former Villanova women’s basketball star Shelly Pennefather – through a screen after delivering an SUV full of food provisions for the nuns at the Poor Clare Monastery in Alexandria, Va. (Mary F. Calvert for ESPN)

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