August 24 - 28, 2020
August 24th 11:00 AM PDT
STAFF WRITER, THE RINGER
Logan Murdock is a rising star in the sports and culture media landscape. He is the new prized coup of The Ringer, a popular website and podcast network run by digital media pioneer Bill Simmons. Murdock's combination of work ethic, storytelling, personality and hustle has landed him a premium position as an NBA reporter and culture critic. You can find him writing about the NBA, podcasting about movies and the entertainment industry, or opining on music.
Oh, and he turns 27 years old at the end of the month. Murdock is evidence that with drive, some creativity, some training and willingness to dream and take risks, great things can be accomplished in media even at a relatively young age.
After graduating from Berkeley High School, Murdock went the community college route. At Laney College, he was a staff writer for the school newspaper, the Laney Tower, and also getting valuable media experience. He interned at News Radio KFBK in Sacramento, getting interviews and sound at Sacramento Kings games. He was also a high school correspondent for Bay Area News Group, writing prep stories for next to nothing. After Laney College, he transferred to San Francisco State. While there, he became a digital intern for KNBR, the popular sports radio station in the Bay Area, booking guests for podcasts and filling in as on-air talent. He also started writing for The Sports Fan Journal, producing features and profiles on NBA and WNBA players.
In the summer of 2016, he landed an internship at Turner Broadcasting in Atlanta. He followed that by working as an assignment editor and producer for NBC Sports Bay Area. The summer of 2017, he was selected to the prestigious Sports Journalism Institute, which included an internship at The Commercial Appeal newspaper in Memphis. He was hired as a beat writer covering the Golden State Warriors for Bay Area News Group, which features the Mercury News and East Bay Times newspapers. He was in that job for 18 months before NBC Sports Bay Area hired him to be their beat writer.
Murdock has developed a reputation for building relationships with athletes and entertainers that gives him unique access and angles for stories. Before leaving NBC Sports Bay Area, he co-hosted a groundbreaking series for NBC called "Race in America" where he discussed topics of social justice with prominent athletes.
He is widely known for having an incredibly bright future and his voice will resonate in sports, pop culture and social justice for years to come.
LIVE WORKSHOP PRESENTERS
August 25th 11:00 AM PDT
SO YOU WANT TO HOST A PODCAST?
KAVITHA A. DAVIDSON
Host & Editorial Director, The Lead
Kavitha A. Davidson is a Webby-winning host of The Lead, the daily national podcast of The Athletic. She was previously a weekly columnist and feature writer for espnW and ESPN the Magazine. Before that, she wrote a daily sports column for Bloomberg with a heavy focus on the intersection of sports and business, race, gender, and culture.
Kavitha started her career as an editor of world news at The Huffington Post, where she wrote her first professional sports piece as an intern on London 2012 and the global history of women at the Olympics. Her work since has covered such wide-ranging topics as equal pay, athlete protests, violence against women, stadium subsidies, sports tax law, and labor dynamics. Her writing has been nationally syndicated in outlets including Crain’s, the Chicago Tribune, and the Dallas Morning News, and has been featured in Best American Sports Writing. Her first book on sports fandom, written with Jessica Luther, will be published on September 1, 2020 by the University of Texas Press.
She has made regular television appearances on CBS, CNN, FOX Sports 1, and MSNBC, as well as ESPN shows Outside the Lines and SportsCenter. No stranger to hearing herself speak, Kavitha has also appeared on panels at numerous conferences, including at Harvard University, Johns Hopkins University, and South by Southwest. She is also on the Board of Directors at the Yogi Berra Museum and Learning Center.
A native New Yorker, she attended Columbia University, where she studied urban studies and was the sports editor of the Columbia Daily Spectator. An amateur musician, she plays the trumpet, piano, and French horn, and has performed at venues including Carnegie Hall, David Geffen Hall, and Citi Field. She’s currently trying to figure out how to cook without setting off her smoke alarm. More importantly, she’s a firm believer in the universal DH.
August 26th 11:00 AM PDT
STORYTELLING THROUGH THE LENS
CO-FOUNDER, TRILLICON VALLEY
Squint is living proof that photographers are not just people who shoot photos, but visionaries.
So the man with the camera in the shadows also builds brands, tell stories through images as a film director and videographer. He sees things and brings them to life. His unique perspective and talent has led him to work with some of the biggest names in the country.
It led to him producing Marshawn Lynch's show No Script.
It led to him leading his own Creative session at the Apple Store in Union Square as part of a partnership with VSCO.
It led to this article on Squint in 7x7 magazine. But his pride and joy is co-founding Trillicon Valley — which per 7x7 is a collection of "individual businesses that ... are finding creative ways to tie together youth culture, technology, and diversity in order to set the next generation up for success."
August 27th 11:00 AM PDT
THE IMPORTANCE OF STUDENT PRESS
CONTENT WRITER, TRACT LEARNING
BROWN UNIVERSITY STUDENT
Yael Sarig a recent graduate from Palo Alto High School, where she was the Editor-in-Chief of the first high school sports magazine in the nation, VIking Magazine.
Sarig co-produced a special issue, where they emphasized highlighting the women in sports and their stories. Growing up in the South Bay naturally she was a fan of the Golden State Warriors, San Francisco Giants and 49ers. Sarig loves to stay in shape, lifting weights and riding her bike. She will be taking his talents to Brown University in the Spring.
August 28th 11:00 AM PDT
WRITING THAT MOVES PEOPLE
PURVEYOR OF WORDS
LEAD COLUMNIST, THE ATHLETIC
The Oakland native has been a sportswriter for nearly 20 years in the Bay Area, the last five as a columnist covering the Warriors, 49ers, Raiders, Giants and A's.
He is known for developing relationships and getting unique access to Bay Area sports stars, including Colin Kaepernick, Draymond Green and Stephen Curry. He is the author of the definitive biographies on Curry — GOLDEN The Miraculous Rise of Steph Curry — and Kevin Durant — KD: Kevin Durant's Relentless Pursuit to be the Greatest. Thompson is a thoughtful columnist whose expertise is peeling away the layers and getting to the core human elements in his subjects. He isn't afraid to say what needs to be said but also writes with perspective.