Episode 5: Mirin Fader on emulating her heroes, the future of sports media and the power of editorial collaboration

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This is Episode 5 of a 12-part series of interviews with the creators and editors of sports writing.

My name is Shane Breslin, and I first came across the guest on this episode in the last few days of February 2020.

You may recall that time vividly. It was a time when a frightening new illness was sweeping the world, when the thoughts of an entire city being placed under strict lockdown — as Wuhan in China was at that time — was alien to most of us, and when coronavirus cases were skyrocketing in Europe and the United States and everywhere else.

During those few days, one of the things that took my mind away from the virus, for a while at least, was a stunning piece of writing titled "The Legacy of Mambacita", about Gianna "Gigi" Bryant, the daughter of basketball superstar Kobe Bryant, who died with her father in that helicopter crash tragedy in January 2020.

I’m delighted to welcome Mirin Fader, the author of that piece, and a fast-rising star of the longform sportswriting business, to Episode 5 of this series, The Sportswriter’s Life.

This 12-part podcast is brought to you by Magnificent Irrelevance, which is aiming to become a new publishing venture bringing readers one standalone and stand-out piece of soul-searching sportswriting every week. You can find out more about Magnificent Irrelevance, and sign up for regular updates in the journey towards making it a reality, by visiting magnificentirrelevance.com.

Mirin Fader is a staff writer for The Ringer. She has written for the Orange County Register, espnW.com, SI.com, Slam and Bleacher Report. Her work has been honored by the Associated Press Sports Editors, the U.S. Basketball Writers Association, the Football Writers Association of America, the Los Angeles Press Club and the Best American Sports Writing series.

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If you have any thoughts on this or any other episode, I'd love to hear from you. Reach out at shane {at} magnificentirrelevance {dot} com.

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Shane

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