Professor reflects on covering Seahawks during first Super Bowl appearance

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Professor Molly Yanity

Molly Yanity, assistant professor of journalism in the School of Communications at Quinnipiac University, covered the Seattle Seahawks for the Seattle Post-Intelligencer when they made their first Super Bowl appearance against the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2006.

“Despite being a lifelong Steelers fan, my editor trusted me to be fair and, I believe I was,” Yanity said. “In the run-up to the big game, I did a lot of nuts-and-bolts and features-type of reporting, including stories on how much it cost to go to games, trends in Seattle that emerged because of the growing bandwagon, a profile on ‘Mr. & Mrs. Seahawk,’ the couple that sits in the end zone and dresses up for every game. Once in Detroit, though, I contributed to notebooks, wrote about Jerome Bettis’ retirement and the word-battle between Joey Porter of the Steelers and Jerramy Stevens of the Seahwaks.”

Yanity also has interviewed Seahawks Coach Pete Carroll when he was head coach of the University of Southern California’s football team.

“I interviewed Pete Carroll several times and always found him to be approachable, interesting, engaging and – above all – a damn good coach,” Yanity said.

Molly Yanity teaches, among other things, sports-media-culture and reporting for the Web. She covered sports for the Seattle Post-Intelligencer from 2001-2009, was a regular on sports talk radio in Seattle and Spokane, and received her PhD in mass communication from Ohio University in 2013. She has also been published in the International Journal of Sport Communication and the Chronicle of Higher Education.

To schedule an interview with Yanity, please call John Morgan, associate vice president for public relations, at 203-206-4449.


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