Football Is Female: Lainie Fritz
March 8, 2019
SHSU Media Contact: Hannah Haney
This Q&A series features Bearkats who are breaking down barriers and changing the name of the game for women in sports.
March 8 is International Women’s Day and to celebrate, Today@Sam met with alumna Lainie Fritz, a KPRC Sports Reporter and Anchor. Read to learn more about her career path, advice, and how she’s challenging the stereotypes that limit women and girls in the sports industry.
Hometown: Born in Huntsville, TX
SHSU Major: Mass Communications, Broadcast Journalism
Graduation Year: 2014
College Activities: 3x National Champion with Orange Pride Dance Team, Channel 7 Anchor in the Mass Communication Department.
Favorite Sports Team: Tulane Green Wave Football Team
Hobbies: Spending time with my dog Sammy (named after Sammy the Bearkat), working out, watching crime documentaries, and cooking.
T@S: How did you get involved in your profession?
LF: I first had the inspiration to become a sports reporter as a young kid around age 11 or 12. My dad is a college football coach so that
T@S: What do you enjoy about your profession?
LF: The thing I enjoy most about my profession is the constant change of pace. You never know what each day will hold and no two days are ever the same. I love getting out in the community of Houston, meeting so many inspiring people and having the chance to share their stories with the KPRC viewers. Rarely am I stuck at a desk working, it's a very active and social work setting which makes it fun!
T@S: Can you describe your day-to-day work?
LF: My primary responsibilities at work are reporting, anchoring, shooting, editing, and producing. The challenging yet rewarding thing about the way broadcast journalism is
T@S: In your opinion, what does the future look like for women in sports?
LF: The future for women in sports is VERY bright! I'm so proud as I look around the industry and see women achieving more than ever and earning the respect they've always deserved within sports. I've found that the men in sports whether it be coaches, athletes, trainers
T@S: On International Women’s Day, what is the most important message you want to send out to young women thinking about their careers?
LF: The advice I would give to younger women wanting to pursue a career in sports would be to never give up! It sounds simple but it's so important. There WILL be obstacles, you WILL be treated unfairly and
Multimedia journalist Lainie Fritz of Houston's KPRC shares her story of how growing up around football led to her career as a sports reporter.
-Courtesy of NBC Sports.
- END -
This page maintained by SHSU's Communications Office:
Associate Director, Communications: Emily Binetti
Telephone: 936.294.1836; Fax: 936.294.1834
Communications Manager: Wes Hamilton
Telephone: 936.294.1837; FAX: 936.294.1834
Communications Writer: Hannah Haney
Telephone: 936.294.2638; FAX: 936.294.1834
Thomason Building: Suite 102
Please send comments, corrections, news tips to Today@Sam.edu