senior writer, the athletic
Hi there! My name is Meg, and I tell stories about women's soccer.← That's me at the 2023 World Cup in New Zealand.
first, a little more about me
here's my story
I was one of those kids who watched the 1999 World Cup, not knowing at the time about the path it would send me on. In high school, I interned for the Boston Breakers (then part of the first women's pro league, WUSA). This was well, well before the days of Twitter, and I worked in the press box, writing live game updates in HTML for the team's website. I went off to school, lived some other lives as a bookseller and working in biotech.The 2011 World Cup got me back in the game. I started as a photographer, then started writing, and managed to swap over fully to writing shortly after the 2015 World Cup. The thing that always surprises people is that I used to pay to cover women's soccer, not the other way around. Before joining The Athletic, I freelanced for places like Equalizer Soccer, Vice Sports, Sports Illustrated, Teen Vogue and more. I worked for the NWSL leading their social media, then content, from 2017 to 2019. Ahead of the 2019 World Cup, I joined The Athletic as the first full time women's soccer reporter in the U.S. for a mainstream sports outlet.I cover the U.S. women's national team, NWSL and more, plus host a podcast about women's soccer, Full Time with Meg Linehan.I also wrote "Secrets of Success," a book about Megan Rapinoe and her leadership, which is available now.Sometimes you might see me on TV or in a documentary talking about — you guessed it — women's soccer.Other interests include: exploring new finds and old favorites for breweries in Vermont, buying books and never having enough time to read them all, and stressing over which sneakers to pack for the next work trip.
how to find my stories
read my work
Here's a few stories to start with:August 9, 2023: This World Cup’s anti-USWNT outrage isn’t just hateful, it’s irrationalJune 19, 2023: USWNT’s Megan Rapinoe: My Game in My WordsMay 26, 2022: Hilary Knight takes control: Her identity, her dreams and the fight for what’s next (Not soccer, but a fave!)September 30, 2021: ‘This guy has a pattern’: Amid institutional failure, former NWSL players accuse prominent coach of sexual coercionAugust 8, 2019: Marta is still here, still hungry in the wake of her plea to the next generation
full time with meg linehan
listen to the podcast
Full Time with Meg Linehan tackles the culture, context, and conversations about women's soccer here in America and beyond. Listen and subscribe wherever you get your podcasts. We'll be back this spring with new episodes ahead of the 2024 NWSL season.
you can watch this video
if you want!
or maybe this one
AWARDS & HONORS
Best column, 2023 United Soccer Coaches media awards.Best of Column Writing, The Athletic, 2023.Honorable mention, The Year’s Best Sports Writing 2023.Best of Enterprise/Features and Best of Breaking News, The Athletic, 2022.First place, investigative category, 2021 Associated Press Sports Editors contest with Katie Strang, Steph Yang and Pablo Maurer.Honorable mention, The Year’s Best Sports Writing 2021.Best feature story, 2021 United Soccer Coaches media awards.Media Impact Award, 2021 Women in Soccer awards.Best of Investigative and Best of Column Writing, The Athletic, 2021.Best Podcasts of the Year, The Athletic, 2020.Women's ICC Best XI 2020Best deadline/game story, 2019 United Soccer Coaches media awards.Best of 2019, The Athletic.
i wrote a book, too.
secrets of success
insights from megan rapinoe's
world-class soccer career
In the summer of 2019, the US women's national soccer team offered fans a thrill when it won its fourth World Cup title and second straight, culminating in a 2-0 final over the Netherlands. Co-captain Megan Rapinoe led the team to victory with a penalty kick to score the first goal and ultimately captured MVP and top goal scorer designations for the tournament. The winger has also led the US to a gold medal in the 2012 London Olympics. In addition to her athletic success, Rapinoe has proven to be a leader off the field as well. A vocal advocate on behalf of several LGBT organizations and a voice behind the women's team's equal pay complaint, she is one of many players involved in the gender discrimination lawsuit against the United States Soccer Federation.In Secrets of Success, the latest book in the Women in Power series, author Meg Linehan translates Rapinoe's success both on and off the field into digestible leadership lessons. In doing so, she draws from Rapinoe's still-young career as an athlete, businesswoman, and advocate.
other places i do posts
(or just have a user name saved for when twitter finally dies)
need to get in touch?
For time-sensitive media requests, it's probably best and fastest to reach out to the New York Times communications department. For other requests, here you go. Please note: I am frequently behind on email, so response time may vary.
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