Emmy winner Marcia McKenna: 100 Influential Black Women in Sports

Sports Illustrated and Empower Onyx are putting the spotlight on the diverse journeys of Black women across sports — from the veteran athletes, to up-and-coming stars, coaches, executives and more — in the series, Elle-evate: 100 Influential Black Women in Sports.


While 2022 saw the 56th Super Bowl, it was a Super Bowl of firsts in many ways: the first big Super Bowl since the pandemic; the first Super Bowl at SoFi stadium; the first halftime show headlined by hip-hop artists; and the first Sports Emmy win for a Black woman for the short documentary, NFL 360: Ode to South Centrala tribute to Los Angeles’s iconic neighborhood that aired during the big game.

Marcia McKenna became the first woman of color to win an Sports Emmy for writing last month, beating out top contenders in her category like the legendary Bob Costas, and Aaron Cohen to bring home the Dick Schaap Outstanding Writing Award for Short Form. The only woman to previously win a Sports Emmy for writing was journalist and commentator Mary Carillo. The groundbreaking win took Marcia by surprise. “It was an out-of-body experience,” she says. “It’s really humbling. I feel honored and grateful. ”

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