The Best Thing Podcast with Journalist and ESPN's Michele Steele

Episode 5: ESPN’s Michele Steele

Being Different Is A Good Thing


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In this episode of The Best Thing podcast, I talk to my dear friend and ESPN correspondent, Michele Steele. We discuss the best thing to ever happen to her that would never appear on a resume, bio or come up in conversation.

Michele and I met in graduate school at Columbia University and have been friends ever since. She has covered some of the biggest stories in sports for SportsCenter, NFL Live, Outside the Lines and ESPN’s digital platforms. In this powerful conversation, Michele shares what she learned from embracing a part of her identity that she once avoided.

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Quick Episode Summary

  • Meet Michele
  • Why The Best Thing is so important
  • The best thing to happen to Michele
  • What Michele did when she was abandoned in a foreign country
  • How Michele’s time in France shifted her social awareness
  • How growing up an “outsider” has impacted Michele’s career
  • Diversity in the NFL
  • Michele’s first job
  • The art of storytelling in journalism
  • What “looking the part” really means
  • Accepting your individuality
  • What we can learn from the life of Kobe Bryant
  • The best way to learn

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