Even before revelations that the reporter Erin Andrews was secretly videotaped naked by a stalker in a hotel room in , female sportscasters understood how frightening obsessed fans can be. Andrea Kremer recalled that in , while she was working for NFL Films, she was in a hotel room when a man called late at night as she was falling asleep. Can you trace it? Then he called back — it was so chilling and terrifying. I was shaking.
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Andrews was secretly videotaped while naked by a stalker through the peephole in her hotel room door. Both the stalker and the hotel owner were found liable. The case highlights the security risks that are especially pronounced for female journalists covering sports, who, working in a male-dominated field surrounded by passionate male fans, often travel alone. In an interview with Melissa Block, Okmin talks about the precautions she's taken to protect herself on the road, and whether she feels Andrews' verdict will change the approach to security in the profession. Okmin says an overall awareness is necessary for all women to have, not just for those working in sports journalism. When taking safety measures into consideration, she says, "Now, I think more than ever, I just feel that I'd rather sound a little crazy and sound a little paranoid and still feel safe. On the safety precautions she takes when traveling to games. I think it's just being very aware when you're on the road. And it can be as simple as when I travel if I'm checking in when I go to the front desk, I don't say my last name. I'll say it very quietly if there are people around.
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There are more women working in sports broadcasting now that at any time before. But, as the Erin Andrews case demonstrated, the threats to the privacy and overall safety to the women working these jobs might also be at an all-time high. Make no mistake, there is very much a dark side of the job that becomes apparent in subtle and sometimes very explicit ways — differentiating the enthusiastic fan from the obsessive stalker can be tricky. One of the disturbing stories the Times chronicled was shared by longtime sports broadcaster Andrea Kremer. One night on the road, as she was drifting off to sleep in a hotel room, her phone rang. She answered, and a threatening man was on the other end of the line. Kremer called the hotel front desk, which traced the call to a phone somewhere inside the hotel. Then, he called back, his words once again jolting Kremer. My heart was beating fast. Laura Okmin, a sideline reporter for Fox coverage of NFL games, dealt with a harrowing stalker in the mids.
Every woman cringed when they heard that talented former ESPN reporter Erin Andrews had been a victim of stalking—and that a video of her nude in the privacy of her hotel room had been put on the Internet. Her stalker, Michael David Barrett, served 30 months in prison for his part, but Andrews is now taking the Nashville Marriott hotel and several other entities to court for negligence and invasion of privacy. Andrews was the victim of an extreme violation, but she's not the only experienced, professional woman to spend time thinking about personal safety when she'd rather contemplate her next scoop. In light of the Fox Sports sideline reporter's epic fight to protect women from the extreme invasion of privacy and sexual harassment she herself experienced, several female TV reporters opened up to Sports Illustrated about what job security really means to them—and what it takes to achieve it—when they're on the road. Andrews traveled heavily for her ESPN job, as do these women. Here's what they had to say:. Female reporters don't always get to choose where they want to stay—which can make their accommodations feel less safe. I don't like rooms by the elevators. Depending on the length of my stay, I don't get maid service because I don't want anyone in my room except me.