CBS NEWS – ESPN journalist M.A. [Mechelle] Voepel announced on Twitter Wednesday that [she] is transitioning, and will be using he/him pronouns.
The 48-year-old, who the network has called “the foremost authority on women’s basketball,” is an award-winning veteran of sports journalism, and joined ESPN in 1996.
“I have the great honor of receiving [the] Gowdy Award next month from Naismith Hall of Fame, and wanted to do that as [my] authentic self, hence this announcement now,” Voepel wrote.
“Fear can keep us paralyzed for decades, especially when we think we will lose all that is dear to us, including [our] career.”
Voepel said [she] is “grateful for a company that supports all of its employees, for terrific family and friends, and for societal progress.”
“At some point, you realize you need to have faith that your happiness/well-being is worth pursuing, and also have faith in other people’s kindness and grace,” Voepel wrote.
“Glad to be who I’ve always been inside,” [Voepel] concluded. “Dedication to covering women’s sports, a lifelong joy as well as job, and admiration for all involved – players, coaches, execs, fans, referees, colleagues – that stays exactly the same. Thanks!” READ MORE.