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Women in Sports Media: Donna de Varona

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Donna De Varona was dubbed in 1962 the best all-round swimmer in the world by  Sports Illustrated.  At 17 she retired from swimming and began a career in sportscasting. She was one of the first women to appear consistently on network sports telecasts.  She was a sports broadcaster, writer and producer for 46 years. In 2000 she filed suit against ABC for wrongful termination. Although the suit was settled out of court, it raised awareness of ageism and sexual discrimination against women that exists in the world of female sportscasting.