Julie DiCarosqJulie DiCaro: Former Attorney Turned Sports Writer at the Intersection of Pro Sports and Violence Against Women
Sports Writer and Broadcaster, 670 The Score
Twitter: @JulieDiCaro
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/juliedicaro
Website: http://www.si.com/author/julie-dicaro


Bio: Columnist, Sports Illustrated’s The Cauldron and Update Anchor/Web Contributor, 67- The Score—WSCR. She was a lawyer for 15 years (Assistant Public Defender, Domestic Violence, Family Law) before moving into social media and sports writing.

Innovating in Field of Work:

  • At age 40, pivoted from her career as an attorney to chase her life-long dream of sports writing
  • Uses legal experience working for domestic violence victims and as rape survivor to write about violence against women by pro athletes, as well as online harassment of women on media.
  • Previously founded and led Aerys Sports, the only online sports network run entirely by women.

Impact:

  • Role model for career disruptio
  • Speaks up on tough subjects; examples of articles: Domestic Violence and the NFL: Five Things Roger Goodell Needs to Know, thegamechicago.com; Why I Believe Jameis Winston’s Accuser Deadspin; My Astoundingly Typical Rape, Huffington Post
  • Took part in #MorethanMean viral video campaign to end online harassment against women in sports media

Role Model:

  • Speaks to college women seeking careers in sports media.
  • Mentors and leads by example in male-dominated industry
  • Writes about personal rape survival, and assists victims in navigating the criminal justice system.

Reinvention / Risk / Momentum:

  • Broad experience in legal profession over many years
  • Big jump to sports media, utilizing legal experience and personal experience to take on hard issues
  • Making a mark in large sports- writing and talking venues

“It wasn’t easy to leave the safety net of law to jump into an industry that values youth and beauty at 40…but at my age, I feel a responsibility to do it for the younger women on their way up.”