Sports Broadcasting Pioneer Pam Oliver Wins The 2018 Gracie Award

    The legendary and pioneering Pam Oliver has another award to toss up in her flooded cabinet of accolades that she’s accumulated during her three decades as a journalist and 25-year career as a sports analyst and NFL sideline reporter. 

    Oliver began her broadcasting career at WALB in Albany, Georgia in 1985 as a news reporter. In 1993, Oliver joined the sports television network ESPN and eventually Fox Sports in 1995 where she found her calling and began working as a sideline reporter with the network’s number-one broadcast team, Pat Summerall and iconic former Oakland Raiders HC John Madden. 

    Shes been a mainstay with FOXs NFL sideline coverage in some capacity ever since and on Tuesday she was named a 2018 Gracie Awards winner for her exemplary contributions and trailblazing in sports announced by the Alliance for Women in Media Foundation (IWMF). 

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    Congratulations to FOX Sports’ very own Pam Oliver on being named a 2018 Gracie Awards winner for her exemplary contributions in sports! https://t.co/UYYlGPk1JH

    She will accept the award at the 43rd annual Gracie Awards Gala highlighting women in television, radio, cable and social media in Beverly Hills on Tuesday, May 22.

     Im extremely thankful to be recognized by the Alliance for Women in Media Foundation with a Gracie Award, said Oliver. I can recall a time in sports television when there werent as many women in the forefront or behind the scenes but thanks to key decision makers, women are recognized more and more for their contributions to sports media.

    A graduate of Florida A&M University, Oliver earned her degree in broadcast journalism and was a NCAA and AIAW track and field All-American in both the 400 meters and the mile relay. She was inducted into her alma maters sports hall of fame in 1996 and is an iconic figure and inspiration to generations of women entering and excelling in the field of sports broadcasting and journalism. 

    JR Gamble joined The Shadow League in 2012. The General Manager of Content & Social Media is in his 25th year of covering sports and culture professionally. He has covered a wide variety of major sports and entertainment topics across different mediums, including radio, newspapers, magazines and national TV. His passion is baseball, the culturing of baseball and preserving and documenting the historically-impactful accomplishments and contributions of African-Americans in baseball.