The 21st Show

Shakeia Taylor on the Negro Leagues, Caitlin Clark, and the NCAA tournament


Photo from the University of Illinois Humanities Research Institute

On today's 21st Show, we focus on sports and the influence of gender dynamics within it.

Shakeia Taylor, a baseball historian and Deputy Senior Content Editor at the Chicago Tribune, joins us. Her transition from a sports fan to a professional journalist provides insight into the obstacles and successes encountered by women in sports journalism and the wider sports industry.

Our conversation will cover the wage gap between the WNBA and NBA, and what this disparity indicates for the future of women's sports in the U.S. Taylor will also highlight her forthcoming symposium, "Sporting Publics," at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC), designed to foster discussion on the role of the public in sports. Additionally, we'll examine the potential of Illinois teams to make it to the NCAA tournament.


Shakeia Taylor

Deputy Senior Content Editor, Chicago Tribune