There was no question in her mind: Sportswriter Laureen Irat always knew the 2018 WNBA season was going to be lit. Between the Seattle Storm vs. Phoenix Mercury showdown in the WNBA Finals, Rookie of the Year A’ja Wilson tearing up the court and Breanna Stewart taking home that MVP title, it’s safe to say that this season has been one of the most competitive, yet.
Laureen Irat Beyond The W by Rule Breakers
Before the WNBA season tipped off, Anya Alvarez spoke to Laureen Irat of Beyond The W, a site dedicated to covering women’s basketball about the lack of media coverage to players protesting for social justice. Rate. Comment. Subscribe. Share. Check out more from the League at: www.TheShadowLeague.com twitter.com/ShadowLeagueTSL www.facebook.com/TheShadowLeague.TSL www.instagram.com/theshadowleague
Irat has been covering the WNBA for the past five years now, and she says each year her excitement for the women’s game just grows and grows. But back in 2013, she didn’t feel like she had the right platform to write about her loves: The WNBA and culture. So she founded her own website called Beyond the W and it’s going strong for the past few years.
The thing we love most about Irat is how much time and effort she takes to build relationships with the athletes she’s working with. She’s not just talking about women’s issues for the sake of clickbait or the fact that it’s “trending”. Women’s basketball is truly what’s these passionate about and we love how she’s paving her own way.
Listen to hear more about Irat’s journey and her perspective on the WNBA’s growth.