The Athletic’s Rhiannon Walker, ESPN’s Mike Reiss and Josh Tolentino of The Athletic
Episode 105 of the Sports Media Podcast with Richard Deitsch features three guests. First up is Rhiannon Walker, who covers the Washington football team for The Athletic. She is followed by Mike Reiss, an NFL Nation reporter for ESPN who reports on the Patriots for all ESPN platforms. He is followed by Josh Tolentino, who covers the Tampa Bay Rays for The Athletic.In this podcast, Walker discusses the challenges of covering the NFL during a pandemic and the unknown heading forward; how she has personally processed the last month in America; the racism and sexism she has experienced on social media platforms and in the business; how she feels about the future of the sports media business as someone in her 20s; what she he hopes to be doing 5-10 years; the Washington Post calling for the end of the name ‘Redskins’ and how much of a story that will be heading forward, and more. Reiss discusses what the addition of Cam Newton means for the Patriots media beat; how the absence of Tom Brady changes the tenor of the Patriots locker room; covering the Patriots amid a pandemic; the prospect of player activism in New England and more. Tolentino discusses covering the Rays and the challenge of covering MLB amid COVID-19; living and working in Florida; his post on June 25 about a racist couple yelling out “Kung Flu” and telling him to “go back to China;” facing anti-Asian xenophobia during his life; why he believes in the future of beat writing and more.You can subscribe to this podcast on Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Stitcher and more.
Michael Lee, senior NBA writer for The Athletic and Washington Post writer Robert Klemko
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About The Show
The Sports Media Podcast with Richard Deitsch is a weekly show that features interviews with members of the sports media about their work, as well as roundtables with sports media reporters about television, digital, audio/radio, print, and other forms of media. You can read Richard’s work at The Athletic and hear his words at Sportsnet 590 The Fan in Toronto.