In the July 2021 issue of The Hard Screen Newsletter, we dig into ESPN’s bias towards UConn when it comes to the ESPYS, why the network owes A’ja Wilson an ESPY for Best College Female Athlete and the reason Caitlin Clark of Iowa should have won the award in 2021 instead of Paige Bueckers of UConn. We also examine the important lesson USA Basketball can stand to learn from Simone Biles. And we shared a sneak peak of A’ja Wilson’s experience at the Tokyo Olympics.
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Tamryn Spruill is an author and freelance journalist covering women’s basketball, with issues of gender, race and sexuality central to her reporting. She has followed the WNBA since its 1996 inception, and she is writing a book about its exciting history through the lens of the passionate, persevering and powerful (80% Black, many LGBTQ+-identifying) women who make the league up (ABRAMS 2022). She is represented by JL Stermer at New Leaf Literary & Media.
Spruill’s bylines include Harper’s BAZAAR, The New York Times, SLAM, ZORA, Teen Vogue, The Athletic and Swish Appeal, where she also has served as editor-in-chief since 2018 when hired as the first woman to hold that position.
She holds Bachelor’s degrees in Spanish and Journalism (University of South Carolina) and a Master’s of Fine Arts in Creative Writing (Goddard College).