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Marla Ridenour

Marla Ridenour

2013

Helped diversify male-dominated sports journalism and shattered glass ceilings for women, eventually becoming sports columnist for the Akron Beacon Journal. A native of Louisville, in 1975 she was the first woman sports editor of the student newspaper at Eastern Kentucky University, where she earned degrees in journalism and marketing but also took classes in coaching baseball and football and was the first female reporter admitted to the football locker room. She reported for the Lexington Herald, the Dayton Daily News and The Columbus Dispatch, sometimes as the only woman on a beat, including the Cleveland Browns. She has helped advance the careers of many other female reporters, some of them very well known, and received many awards from groups such as the Associated Press Sports Editors, the Pro Football Writers of America and the Golf Writers Association of America.