Earlier this week, we learned that Chiney Joy Ogwumike made history when she became the first black woman to co-host her own daily, national radio show on ESPN!
Each afternoon, Ogqumike will report on sports and culture news alongside Mike Golic Jr for the show, Chiney and Golic Jr. The former Los Angeles Sparks forward has overcome many challenges along her journey.
In a statement shared by Refinery29, she says, “I’ve been through a lot of adversity, whether it’s my existence as a Black woman, playing in the WNBA where they want to compare us to the NBA — and now as a female broadcaster.”
Ogwumike added, “There were a lot of obstacles to overcome for me to get a seat at the table.”
It was also announced last week that Ogwumike was named an executive producer on “Life in the Bubble.” This ESPN documentary tells the story of what it is like to compete in the Olympic village-style campus that was set up in Florida so that athletes could isolate together in hopes of preventing the spread of COVID-19.
In her statement, Ogwumike said, “One of my favorite quotes is, ’You have to go through it to get to it.”
She added, “And I think right now in the world, we’re going through a lot… We’re in the middle of multiple pandemics, right?”