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Journalism on Display: The Undefeated’s story leads to investigation, resignation in college coaching ranks

Pat Chambers
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Impact journalism: In July, The Undefeated, ESPN’s multi-platform content initiative exploring the intersections of sports, race and culture, published a piece by Jesse Washington titled “Noose comment by Penn State basketball coach points to larger NCAA problem.”

On Wednesday, the coach in the article, Penn State men’s basketball coach Pat Chambers resigned after an internal investigation into inappropriate conduct that was triggered by allegations in Washington’s story.

  • For the second consecutive year and third time overall, Ian O’Connor of has received a first place award in the columns category of the Professional Football Writers of America’s Dick Connor Writing Awards. O’Connor won for “Cherry Starr will watch football without the love of her life.” ESPN writers Michael Rothstein and Seth Wickersham (enterprise news/features, second place) and Rob Demovsky (beat reporting, third place) were also recognized by the PFWA.
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