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And why the fallout is even uglier than his words By Laura Okmin FOX SPORTS Broadcaster Founder of GALvanize – A company for women in sports I couldn’t sleep last night. It’s hard to sleep when for the past dozen or so hours you’ve been called a c*nt, a b*itch and much, much worse. (I didn’t […]
One of my favorite GALvanize partnerships. The women of USA HOCKEY. Loved helping them tell their stories but the one thing I loved even more? Seeing them win gold while I was hosting the Olympics in Pyeongchang and getting to interview them right afterwards.
One of the most incredible rooms of women I’ve been in. Speaking to over 400 women engineers at the QWISE Summit in San Diego at Qualcomm.
It has been such a pleasure watching Jaguars QB Blake Bortles grow into the player, leader and man he is today. Blake had to weather so much criticism outside of the team’s facility — but never on the inside. His team has believed in him since he took over the reigns. I’ve loved talking to his teammates over the years listening to them say how much they support their QB on and off the field.
I’ve known Matt since he came into the league in 2008. I’ve loved watching him evolve as a quarterback, but Matt hasn’t changed one bit as a person. He was as genuine as they come back then — and still is.
I love this picture. A GALvanize group of reporters were in my room late night making their final preparation for upcoming interviews. I was coaching one woman when I heard a loud roar from the group — they were huddled around the computer watching each other’s reels. I had to take a picture. Fifteen hours before this moment, they were strangers … then turned into sisters. It’s the most beautiful part of GALvanize.
One of my favorite people. Can’t say enough wonderful things about Jaguars’ TE Marcedes Lewis. 12 incredible seasons in Jacksonville, but his story of what he overcame to GET to the NFL is even more impressive.
I first met Odell Beckham Jr. the week after making “the catch” that skyrocketed him into superstardom. I’ve enjoyed having a front row seat to his incredible (ongoing) journey, getting to know Odell and his mother, Heather, as they’ve navigated this ride.
Privileged to work with some outstanding announcers – and men. Two incredible ones right here. Monday Night Football for Westwood One alongside Kevin Harlan and Super Bowl MVP Kurt Warner.
I’ve loved getting to know Rams quarterback Jared Goff who is so honest when talking about how he took the trials and tribulations of a difficult rookie season and turned them into valuable lessons — as a player and a leader — in his incredible 2nd season.
This picture definitely needs explaining. Giants’ Jason Pierre Paul and I met the week he came back from a firework accident where he destroyed his hand-including his middle finger. I lost a good part of my middle finger as a child. We proudly display our middle fingers every time we see each other. One of my favorite people who found a purpose out of his pain.
A terrific GALvanize partnership with LA’s WNBA team — the Sparks. We told the stories of some of the outstanding women that make up the organization on and off the court including this incredible woman — team president and COO Christine Simmons.
One off my favorite people — and shoots. Brian Urlacher is one of the most down to earth stars you’ll ever meet — but is extremely shy on camera, which makes him come off standoffish. Whenever I interviewed him, I wanted him in his element — unaware of the cameras. Fishing is where he’s most himself. This shoot was 80 miles off the coast of Florida. We spent the day fishing and throwing up — and still one of my favorite shoots of my career.
Always love seeing Saints QB Drew Brees whether it’s during a game or this rainy West Virginia day during camp.
GALvanizing the Rams!
Loved watching Tony Romo as a player — and love listening to him as a broadcaster. Yes, he is as nice as he appears to be.
One of my favorite pictures. 20 GALvanize reporters watching the women of USA Hockey practice during our bootcamp with them. Just over a year later, we’d celebrate our incredible partners win the Olympic gold medal in Pyeongchang.
Some of my favorite people right here. Spent a couple of some of my favorite NFL seasons being a part of this Westwood One Thursday night team. The absolutely wonderful trio of Ian Eagle, Trent Green, and our boss (and friend) Howard Deneroff.
Cowboys QB Dak Prescott’s first Pro Bowl. So impressed with this young man as he navigates the brightest of spotlights that come with wearing the star.
One of the greatest assignments of my professional life … Hosting Westwood One’s 2018 Winter Olympics. Making it even sweeter? Getting to do so with the love of my life, my husband Michael.
My favorite people to spend 17 weekends with. Our NFL on FOX crew. We are inseparable Fridays through Sundays so it is a wonderful thing when you like your crew as much as you respect them. And I really like these wonderful people right here. Our terrific producer, Fran Morison … the outstanding (on and off camera) Daryl Johnston … our tremendous director Bryan Lilley … our wonderful AD Chirag Devaskar … and our terrific BA tandem of Aaron Suissa and Jun Endo. Not in picture, but there in spirit, our terrific play by play man Chris Myers.
One of my favorite announcers — and people — I’ve ever worked with. Three time Super Bowl champion, and one of the best teammates you could ever hope for, Daryl “Moose” Johnston. His voice is always in my ear during the game, so I appreciate our pregame conversations on the field when I can actually SEE him.
One of my favorite postgame interviews. It’s rare when we interview coaches after a game, but this was 49ers Head Coach Kyle Shanahan’s first win after starting 0-9. The entire team was behind him and said everything was where it should be — except for the result. The team had come so close time and time again, but kept coming up short. This was one of my favorite wins I’ve ever been on a sideline for. The team was so happy and relieved, and I loved how honest Kyle was afterwards ALLOWING himself to be happy about the win and not falling into “coach speak.”
My favorite part of NFL Sunday is the conversations I have in the three hours leading up to the game. Sometimes we talk football, much of the time we don’t. This conversation was with an injured and sidelined Carson Palmer who was talking about how much he leads — and doesn’t lead — as he watches and helps a QB starting in his place. Interesting dynamic — and conversation.
She started out as our 17-year-old “baby” in her first boot camp, and there is nothing more rewarding than watching Darrian grow into one of GALvanize’s greatest leaders and supporters of her sisters. I’ve known her dad as a coach for years. He’s an outstanding one — but an even better father.
My last “pep talk” before walking 22 aspiring reporters into a room full of NFL rookies — who don’t know we’re coming. I think this was the moment I told them the news. I wish I took a picture of their reactions — but the mental picture I still have of their shocked faces is crystal clear. It’s called rolling with it. And they did. And they crushed it.
A wonderful day hosting a Women of FOX Sports event with actress and producer Geena Davis AND the outstanding women of FOX Sports.
Impossible to keep a straight face — TRYING — to emcee the Los Angeles Sports and Entertainment Commission’s outstanding event with Jay Glazer and Tom House. Two of the funniest, kindest, and most wildly inappropriate people I’m lucky to know.
Alicia lighting up the camera — and the world — at the Atlanta Falcons 2017 GALvanize Boot Camp.
I love this picture because: 1. I love Kristin who rocked her standup and 2. I love Darrian holding the reflector to make her sister look even more beautiful. Definition of GALvanize right here.
My favorite part of the rookie boot camp is pairing the reporters and rookies. I try to find things they have in common — sometimes it’s big things like the loss of a parent, or simply a common school. This was a great duo of Duke and Morgan. The thing I love most is watching each pairing turn into a team. People ask me all the time about reservations/stereotypes with “pairing them up” … I can tell you these rooms are some of the most supportive, professional rooms I’ve ever been in — both sides respecting and helping each other get better.
Jacksonville Jaguars rookies and GALvanize reporters helping EACH OTHER as they begin their journeys. My favorite boot camps: teaching EMPATHY for both sides.
20 Buffalo Bills rookies. 20 GALvanize reporters. One incredible room.
The look of two people beginning their journeys – and helping each other get better. Angelique and Ronnie — our Bama turned Bills duo — who crushed their interview and their empathy for each other’s roles.
This picture perfectly sums up how I feel about Meghan. I’ve been so proud of — and in love with — the way this young woman has pushed herself boot camp after boot camp. She went from residing in her comfort zone to living — and loving — her life outside of it.
I’m not a mom, but this is the closest I’ve ever felt to feeling like one. That means pushing, mentoring, coaching — and sometimes simply being a human clip to help Sam love how she looks on camera.
Coaching our wonderful Avery at the Jacksonville Jaguars 2018 Boot Camp.
With our 2018 Jaguars Boot Camp Stuart Scott Minority Scholarship winner, the wonderful Semaj’ who made Stuart — and me — so proud!
Coaching our wonderful Kaylee at the 2018 Buffalo Bills Boot Camp.
The beautiful (inside and out) Kayla crushing her interview with one of our favorite people — Atlanta Falcons General Manager Thomas Dimitroff at the 2016 Falcons Boot Camp.
One of my favorite players (and people) to cover from rookie to retirement: DeAngelo Hall
One of the greatest stories — and people — I’ve covered. Running Back Tim Hightower.
My best friend for over 20 years, I miss Stuart Scott every day.
FOX Sports Super Bowl coverage. Yes, Tim Tebow is exactly who you think — and hope — he is.
A very rare 30-minute off the field profile of Aaron Rodgers. A very different side of the Packers quarterback you rarely see as we talk about his love of music and the difficulty of navigating the spotlight.
One of the biggest pleasures and privileges of this job is getting to know these coaches as husbands, fathers and friends. Coach Mike Zimmer showing off his GALvanize hat. Father of two wonderful daughters, the Vikings Head Coach is one of our favorite GALvanizers.
GALvanize Boot Camp 2016 interviewing San Diego Chargers Head Coach Mike McCoy.
2016 Minnesota Vikings Boot Camp
Having a ball at the 2015 Marvin Lewis Annual Football 101 Event.
2017 GALvanize Boot Camp with Jacksonville Jaguars Vice President of Football Operations, Tom Coughlin who shared his wisdom, insight and advice with 21 grateful women.
Girls Compete. Women Empower. Kristin and Carissa living and loving the GALvanize sisterhood.
GALvanizing the 2016 Atlanta Falcons!
So much love in this picture. Our incredible Stuart Scott brought Genna, Kristin and I together. There’s three of us in the picture, but I’m certain there’s truly four.
NFL on FOX Pregame
Then San Diego Chargers Head Coach Mike McCoy being gracious in his GALvanize interview with 20 aspiring — and grateful — reporters.
One of my favorite gigs — working the sidelines for Westwood One’s Pro Bowl Game for almost a decade. In the aloha spirit with Atlanta Falcons Running Back Devonta Freeman.
A rainy post game interview with Martellus Bennett — former Chicago Bear but, our favorite title, brother to one of our amazing GALvanize women.
Having such a ball at the Marvin Lewis 2015 Annual Football 101 Event.
Loved sitting down with actress Jennifer Garner for FOX Sports Super Bowl coverage.
Super Bowl Coverage for FOX Sports
I don’t think it’s possible to interview former Atlanta Falcons Wide Receiver Roddy White and not laugh — whether it’s for a 30-minute PROfiles episode — or a postgame interview.
Such a pleasure getting to know the 2018 Gold Medal Men’s Curling Team at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang. I don’t think they stopped smiling during the entire interview. I loved watching them enjoy the ride as much as WE enjoyed watching them ON the ride.
An eye opening interview with two time Olympic Gold Medalist Mikaela Shiffrin at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeonchang. She’s known for throwing up before her runs, and has jokes made about it. But, Mikaela was incredibly honest about the anxiety she feels as a competitor and as a young woman. I felt like I was at a GALvanize event!
In one of my favorite — and realist — interviews at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, three time Olympic medalist and considered the greatest women’s Alpine Skier ever, Lindsey Vonn. We sat down to talk about an epiphany she had on the mountain of her final Olympics event hours before. This conversation felt like a therapy session. A true gift when someone is “working it out” while they’re in the middle of the interview.
One of my favorite stories and interviews of the 2018 Winter Games in Pyeonchang. In the last event of her last Olympics — her fifth! — Kikkan Randall did what no American had ever done: won a medal in cross country skiing. And it was gold. Randall and her teammate Jessica Diggins made history and then sat down to talk about what the moment meant to them. I love these women!
2018 Winter Olympics Pyeongchang with Ice Dancing Olympic medalists known as the Shib Sibs. I loved talking to Alex and Maya Shibutani after winning bronze.
One of my favorite interviews of the 2018 Pyeongchang Olympics was with Adam Rippon who told me he didn’t prepare his whole life for the moment he competed. He prepared for the moment AFTER he competed and how he would use his new found platform.
Coaching — and loving — on Samantha at the 2017 Jacksonville Jaguars Boot Camp.
Celebrating the wonderful Rachel at the 2017 Jacksonville Jaguars Boot Camp.
Postgame interview with one of the greatest people and inspirations in the game, Greg Olsen.
Privileged to be a guest speaker at the annual Marvin Lewis 2015 Football 101 event.
One of the biggest pleasures and privileges of this job is getting to know these coaches as husbands, fathers and friends. Honored to host Mike Zimmer’s foundation event in honor of his late wife Vikki.
Young, attractive female sideline reporters are as much a part of NFL game days as an officiating crew, coin flip, and video replay. If anything, television networks are going for even younger. Just ask Atlanta’s Pam Oliver, the veteran reporter who lost her prime-time Fox gig to Erin Andrews in 2014. https://www.myajc.com/sports/football/okmin-holds-camps-for-young-reporters/V2ZtanlikRIfEbpXCVt1JL/