Welcome to episode No. 55 of the Sports Illustrated Media Podcast with Richard Deitsch. In this podcast, which is published weekly, Deitsch interviews members of the sports media about their work and interesting people about the sports media. This week’s podcast features Chicago Tribune sports reporter Chris Hine, who covers the Blackhawks and is an openly gay sports writer.
On this episode, Hine, who wrote a piece for his newspaper last March in which he discussed his sexual orientation and the journey he took to become public with it, talks about his experiences with homophobia in sports; writing about Blackhawks forward Andrew Shaw, who directed a homophobic slur at a referee and later apologized; what social media is like for him with regards to his sexual orientation; whether any members of the Blackhawks reached out to him after publishing his column; how other openly gay sports writers around the country helped him during his journey; rating how media-friendly the Blackhawks are as an organization; covering Patrick Kane and much more.
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