One of my favorite parts of being a fan of the WNBA is content provided on the league and its players from various media outlets and reporters. There have been people covering and promoting this league for a very long time. They do not hit you with the basic stats and rundown, we get REAL stories. With this page I want to bring attention to those people as well as give a little glimpse of them and how they got into covering the W.
This next woman is major! She is editor-in-chief for a site that I have relied heavily upon for WNBA information and exclusive content Swish Appeal. Meet Tamryn Spruill!
‘Tamryn Spruill is a freelance journalist covering women’s basketball, with issues of gender, race and sexuality central to her reporting. She has followed the WNBA since its 1996 inception and is writing a book about its exciting history. She is represented by New Leaf Literary + Media. Spruill’s bylines include The Athletic, ZORA, Teen Vogue, Bleacher Report, and Swish Appeal, where she also has served as editor-in-chief since 2018 when hired as the first woman to hold that position.
Her media appearances include NPR’s All Things Considered, Fox Sports’ First Sports in the Morning, The Julie DiCaro Show on 670 The Score in Chicago, and TMA podcast with Nick Hamilton. She holds Bachelor’s degrees in Spanish and Journalism (University of South Carolina) and a Master’s of Fine Arts in Creative Writing (Goddard College).’
Tamryn is also in the process of writing a book about the WNBA and she let me know what inspired her to write the book and how she developed the concept:
“My original inspiration for writing the book is that my young niece, then eight years old, didn’t know there was a professional basketball league for women. She could name Steph Curry and LeBron James as basketball players (of course–they’re everywhere in mainstream culture), but she could not name one women’s basketball player and didn’t even know there was a league. With so much of the league’s history being lost due to the neglect or shunning of mainstream media, for decades, I felt I had to write this book. The WNBA has meant a lot to me throughout my life, from its inception, and I want all young girls to grow up inspired by the excellence of these players.
As for the concept, all I can say publicly at this time is that the book aims to tell the complete history of the league, including critical examination of how sexism, racism and homophobia have stunted the growth of a league featuring an amazing basketball product.”