Ohio University grad and journalist Allie LaForce will be speaking at the 2018 commencement this coming Saturday.
The 29-year-old graduated in 2011 from the Scripps broadcast journalism program. According to Cleveland Magazine, LaForce wrote her undergrad thesis on the objectification of women in sports.
LaForce grew up in Vermilion, Ohio and often competed in pageants. She was crowned Miss Teen USA in 2005.
LaForce walked on to the OU basketball team her freshman year, but she only competed in five games.
Currently, she is an anchor with CBS Sports and Turner Sports. She is an analyst on the ground-breaking all-female sports commentary show, “We Need to Talk.” She is best known as a sideline reporter for NCAA basketball games and SEC football games.
“Allie LaForce has quickly become one of the most respected and recognizable personalities in sports. More importantly, her professional path serves as a shining example for women looking to break barriers within the broadcast industry,” said OU President M. Duane Nellis, according to the Dayton Daily News.
Prior to her job at CBS, LaForce worked at Fox 8 News in Cleveland. She has been nominated for an Emmy for her work in broadcast.
Commencement will be held at 9:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 5 at the Convocation Center in Athens, Ohio.
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