The Lead: UGA’s Vicki Michaelis on Sports Journalism’s Expansive Impact

Vicki Michaelis is one of few people who have witnessed Michael Phelps win every one of his Olympic medals. After 12 years as USA Today’s lead Olympics reporter, she now teaches sports journalism classes at the University of Georgia. In this episode, we talk about her career path, what drew her to teaching and her advice for aspiring sports journalists.

“I loved that sports are a microcosm of life and that they both reflect and can help change things in society.”

Guest: Vicki Michaelis, director of the John Huland Carmical Sports Media Institute at UGA.

Jacqueline GaNun is a senior majoring in journalism at the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Georgia. She is also majoring in international affairs in the School of Public and International Affairs and minoring in French.

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