Michele Tafoya on her next role and USA Today’s Nancy Armour on covering the Beijing Olympics
Episode 182 of the Sports Media Podcast features two guests. First up is Michele Tafoya, the longtime sideline reporter for NBC Sports who is leaving sports broadcasting for both a role in Minnesota politics and political commentating. She is followed by USA Today sports columnist Nancy Armour, who is onsite at the Beijing Games.In this podcast, Tafoya discusses why this was the right time for her to leave sports broadcasting; becoming a co-chairman of a gubernatorial campaign in Minnesota; making herself available as a political commentator; insisting that NBC Sports had no issues with her appearance on The View; the prospects of interviewing Enes Kanter Freedom at CPAC; how she classifies herself politically; navigating politics while working for NBC Sports; talking politics on with Sunday Night Football cast mates; being the poolside reporter at the Olympics; reporting on Gary Kubiak when he suffered a transient ischemic attack during Sunday Night Football; her most memorable assignments; her memorable interviews with Bill Belichick and Gregg Popovich; and more. Armour discusses the biggest challenges since she arrived in Beijing; what she had to do to get Beijing; her accommodations; staffing levels; how she decides what stories she does daily; her access to athletes; covering alpine skiing; covering the Olympics during a Super Bowl Week; how much she worries about her intellectual security; the future of the Olympics and more.You can subscribe to this podcast on Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Stitcher and more.
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