Quick Facts About Kate Fagan
|Name||Kathleen Elizabeth Fagan|
|Birth Name||Kathleen Elizabeth Fagan|
|Celebrated Name||Kate Fagan|
|Date of Birth||November 15, 1981|
|Age||35 Years Old|
|Place Of Birth||Warwick, Rhode Island, U.S.|
|High School||Niskayuna High School|
|University||University of Colorado Boulder|
|Best Known For||First Take|
|Eyes Color||Dark brown|
Kate Fagan is one of the renowned faces in the sports journalism who is currently working as a reporter for ESPN. Prior to joining ESPN, she worked as a beat writer for Philadelphia Inquirer and reported about Philadelphia 76ers.
Born on 15 November 1981, Kate was named Kathleen Elizabeth Fagan at her birth. She was born in Warwick, Rhode Island. Her mother Kathy Fagan used to work for McGraw-Hill Education as a sales representative while her father Chris Fagan, who was a professional basketball player in past, now owns a financial investment company.
Fagan is the younger of two daughters of the Fagan couple; her sister is named Ryan. She spent notable part of her childhood on the island of Corsica as his father played basketball there.
An all-time leading scorer in the high school basketball team, Kate was also one of the best scorers of the college team. However, she did not launch a professional career after passing out from the university. Instead, she established herself as one of the leading sports reporter and an inspirational author with a voice strong enough to break the stereotypes about gay athletes.
ESPN reporter Kate Fagan was a star in Colorado
Kate Fagan began playing basketball when she was in grade 1 and her passion for the sports began to grow ever since. Her dad would help her a lot in learning basketball and she loved working out and shooting hoops with him.
A graduate of Niskayuna High School located in Schenectady, New York, Fagan was a Suburban Council First Team All-Star all four years. Being honored by various titles throughout various years in high school, she was named the Suburban Council Most Valuable Player in her senior year. She was also named the Daily Gazette Player of the year, and ultimately she became Niskayuna’s all-time leading scorer reaching 1,439 points.
Kate joined the University of Colorado Boulder in 1999 and began playing in the college team since her freshman year. Unfortunately, she had to take a break as she suffered a foot injury that required her to undergo a surgery. Nevertheless, she made an incredible comeback in the team as a redshirt freshman. The same year, she earned the First Team Academic All-Big 12 honor, a title which she received as a sophomore and as a junior as well.
Claimed to be Colorado’s best three point shooter, Kate was well known for her precise shooting and consistent scoring. She graduated from the university in 2004 with a degree of Bachelor of Science in Communication.
Upon graduating from Colorado, Kate pursued her career in the journalism industry. Eventually, she began working as a writer for Glens Fall, a New York-based daily newspaper called The Post-Star. After some time, she got associated with an Ellensburg, Washington-based daily newspaper called The Daily Record as its sports editor. Finally, she became a beat writer for the Philadelphia Inquirer where she reported about NBA’s Philadelphia 76ers.
Kate debuted as a television reporter by joining espnW in January 2012. On espnW, she has been co-hosting The Trifecta with Spain, Jane and Kate. Other than this, she is an active panelist on Around the Horn, a panel discussion and game show.
On ESPN, Fagan also appears on morning sports talk program First Take and on sports discussion show His and Hers. Likewise, on ESPN Radio, she co-hosts Will and Kate along with Will Cain.
Kate Fagan shared the experience of coming out in her book
An avid basketball player in high school and college and an accomplished sports reporter, Kate Fagan is well known among the viewers for being gay. The 35 years old Fagan has already found a beautiful partner too.
Kate identified her as gay when she was in college, though she was not sure of her feelings at the beginning. Talking to First Person, Kate said, “I kind of had crushes on women, but I couldn’t define it. I didn’t have the language to be like, oh that means I’m gay.”
She explained that she was unaware of the fact that not everyone felt the same way. Kate added, “It wasn’t until I got to college and I met a woman who identified as gay, and I could no longer convince myself that all women felt that way when they met new, interesting people.”
However, it took her quite some time to come out, mostly because she was afraid of God. Also, her college team was conservative in nature as it had a lot of believers who were active in their faiths. She finally made the decision to come out. And, here she stands today, as one of the most liked gay personalities in the television industry.
Kate has shared her experiences about figuring out her identity and the difficulties she faced while coming out in her book The Reappearing Act: Coming Out as Gay on a College Basketball Team Led by Born-Again Christians. The memoir was published by Skyhorse Publishing and was released on 6 May 2014. Her next book, which is about Madison Holleran, an athlete who committed suicide in 2014, is scheduled to release in 2017.
Kate, who once thought that being gay was unacceptable in the eyes of god, now, says that people must come out. Especially focusing on athletes, she said, “I want people, I want athletes to come out, of course, because I think it’s going to make it easier for young kids who identify as gay to believe that they can be the kind of athlete that they want.”
Kate is currently in a relationship with Kathryn Budig who is a yogi and an author. Kathryn is also a certified skydiver who began dating Kate in mid-2016, approximately a year after she divorced with her husband Bob Crossman, a professional skydiving instructor.