[I know many people with ME/CFS have mixed feelings about Michelle Akers as a PWC representative as most people would simply have had to give up a competitive, non-paced sport like soccer].
Emmy-Nominated Newsmagazine Continues Innovative TV Journalism, Storytelling
ESPN's prime-time newsmagazine E:60 begins its spring run with five new episodes airing on consecutive Tuesday nights starting April 13 at 7 p.m. ET on ESPN.
E:60, which debuted in 2007, has received 13 Sports Emmy Award nominations, seven this year - the most for any show in sports television. Nominations have ranged from long-form storytelling to investigative journalism, graphic design and music. The show combines investigative reporting, in-depth profiles of intriguing sports personalities and features on emerging star athletes. The stories are presented in a fresh and innovative format that incorporates producer/correspondent story ideas meetings.
A team of award-winning ESPN journalists - Jeremy Schaap, Lisa Salters, Tom Farrey, Rachel Nichols and Michael Smith - appear in each show, with additional ESPN reporters contributing periodically. The program is produced by a group of seasoned and award-winning documentary producers, with content distributed across multiple ESPN platforms, including ESPN.com, ESPN The Magazine, ESPN International and as part of the new ESPN Sports Saturday programming on ABC.
In addition to its 13 Sports Emmy Award nominations, E:60 won a National Headline Award in March, and is a finalist for nine honors in the New York Festivals Television and Film Awards, with the winners to be announced in May.
"We are thankful for the recognition that E:60 has received in its ability to showcase the best stories in sports," said Andy Tenant, executive producer of E:60. "This spring's lineup of investigations, profiles and features is our strongest collection of stories to date."
Some stories scheduled to appear in the upcoming five episodes of E:60 include:
Michelle Akers: Horse Hero - During her stellar career as an international soccer star, Michelle Akers fought through dozens of injuries and battled the debilitating effects of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. After retiring from the game in 2001, she took on a different battle and has devoted herself to saving abused horses on her farm in Georgia. But, recent devastation to her Georgia farm has threatened her cause. Reporter Tom Farrey details her struggle and the surprising measure she's taking to save her horse rescue operation.
"It's hard to imagine an athlete who has sacrificed more than Michelle Akers," Farrey said. "This is woman who gave everything she had to women's soccer, physically and mentally, helping pave the way for generations of American girls. And now she's sacrificing again, leveraging just about everything she has, for the sake of horses others have given up for dead. Remarkable."