Episode 22: A conversation with Chantel Jennings
The Athletic's senior women's basketball writer stops by to talk about her past life as a college football writer, starting a new beat during the pandemic and Minnesota's poor pizza options.
Chantel Jennings spent more than a third of her life covering college football. She was pretty good at it, too, covering the sport at a national level with ESPN and The Athletic. Her work appeared in the sports writer’s bible — The Best American Sports Writing — in 2018 and she was a familiar face in college press boxes from Eugene to wherever the national title game was held.
Since 2020, however, Chantel has been covering women’s college basketball and the WNBA as The Athletic’s senior women’s basketball writer.
In this week’s subscriber-exclusive episode of The I-5 Corridor podcast, Chantel and I talk about her time as a football writer, what led her toward her current role and what she misses most about Oregon after moving to Minnesota last year.
We also discuss:
*Sabrina Ionescu at the two-year mark.
*The early days at The Athletic.
*Minneapolis’ lack of quality pizza.
*How to throw a proper Mario Kart 64 party.
*Unfortunately, we do not discuss my favorite tweet thread of all-time:
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