National sportswriter Brennan to speak at chamber meeting
Cristine Brennan, an award winning USA Today sports columnist, best selling author and commentator for ABC News, ESPN, NPR and Fox Sports Radio, will speak to the members of the Eastern Maumee Bay Chamber of Commerce on Monday, November 7, 11:30 a.m. at The Toledo Club, 235 14th Street in downtown Toledo.
Brennan, a Toledo native, has also written seven books and is a leading expert on the Olympics and women’s sports issues. She has covered 14 consecutive Olympic Games, summer and winter.
Brennan is the nation's most widely read female sports columnist. She was the first woman sports writer at The Miami Herald (1981) and the first woman to cover the Washington Redskins as a staff writer at The Washington Post (1985).
Her 2006 sports memoir, Best Seat in the House, set in Toledo, is the first father-daughter memoir written by a sports writer. Her 1996 best-seller, Inside Edge, was named one of the top 100 sports books of all-time by Sports Illustrated.
She broke the news of the pairs figure skating scandal at the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympics. Her USA Today column in April 2002 on Augusta National Golf Club triggered the debate on the club's lack of female members. In December 2002, Sports Illustrated's Golf Plus section named her one of golf's 12 heroes of the year.
Brennan, a 1976 graduate of Ottawa Hills High School, is a member of the Ohio Women's Hall of Fame and Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism Hall of Achievement. She has received honorary degrees from Tiffin University in Ohio and the University of Toledo.
Tickets for the luncheon are $15 for chamber members and $35 for non-members. Call Sarah at 419-693-5580. or email her at
The chamber has also scheduled its annual steak roast for Thursday, September 22 at Sunrise Park and Banquet Center. Dinner starts at 6:00 p.m. RSVP to Sarah at 419-693-5580.
Dr. Tia Tucker has joined the staff at the office of Dr. Thomas Overberg in Fremont. She received her Doctor of Optometry degree in 2010 from The Ohio State University. She completed her residency at The Eye Center of Toledo.
Tucker is a Lakota High School graduate.
The National Bank of Ohio and GenoaBank will host their annual scholarship golf outing Friday, September 16 at Oak Harbor Golf Club. The event raises money for scholarships for students from Clay, Cardinal Stritch, Genoa, Lake and Oak Harbor. For sponsorship, donation and player information, call Joyce at 419-855-8381 or Marie at 419-898-5741.
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