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Hall of Famer Lesley Visser Named Lombardi Fellow

Recently, during the 47th Annual Lombardi Honors event, Hall of Famer and pioneering broadcaster Lesley Visser became the first woman to be named a Lombardi Fellow. Vince Lombardi, a legendary coach and great man, broke ethnic and racial barriers for himself and his players, always taking the honorable even though it may have been the […]

NFL Kickoff 2017: Why Football Is a Woman’s Sport Too

In the 1980s, more women came to the forefront of football, both in coaching and TV coverage. By the end of the decade, the great Lesley Visser was a regular on The NFL Today, and later was the first woman to present a Lombardi trophy. Such progress took time, but more than that, it took […]

Visser, Smith, Painter highlight on-camera presence panel at #AWSM2016

Lesley Visser announced as Lasell College’s commencement speaker

The Quincy native was the first woman sports reporter to cover the National Football League on a regular basis for any media outlet. Lasell College announced on Tuesday that Lesley Visser, a broadcast sports journalist and Quincy native, will be the college’s commencement speaker at its graduation on Sunday, May 14. Visser was the first […]

In Superbowl 51, the Broadcast Talent Tries to Play Forever

“When NBC and CBS air the game, the only on-screen role for women is the sideline reporter. In the 1970s and ’80s, women occasionally appeared as analysts and pregame hosts, but no woman has had a nonsideline role on the broadcast since 1992, when Lesley Visser became the only woman to present the Lombardi trophy.”

Advocacy for Women in Sports Journalism

Three generations later, this is a video on advocacy journalism that Taylor DiChello created for her final project in John Carroll’s History of Political Commentary Class at Boston University. This video is for educational purposes only.