Pam Oliver: ‘It’s Not About Wanting to Be Seen on TV’

By Mark Joyella 

Fox Sports reporter Pam Oliver, who described being bumped as the network’s top sideline reporter for the younger Erin Andrews in 2014 as “humiliating” told aspiring journalists this week not to go into the job hoping to be a celebrity. “It’s not about wanting to be seen on TV,” Oliver told students at Northwestern’s Medill School of Journalism Tuesday:

“It’s a small club of women (in sports media) who put journalism first,” Oliver said. “They’re not in it to be celebrities or big on Twitter. You can tell when someone is serious with what they are doing. You can tell when someone is putting in the hours to get to know the players and coaches beyond just using your looks, or you know, your assets.

“I wish some of the hiring practices would improve. There’s a definite pattern with a certain look and certain quality that the outlets are going after.”