ESPN announced Monday that it had hired reporter Alexa Philippou as a full-time women’s basketball writer to cover college basketball and the WNBA. Philippou joined the company from the Hartford Courant where she covered the UConn Huskies and  Connecticut Sun since 2019.

She also announced the move on her Twitterfeed.

“It’s a dream come true to join the team at ESPN,” said Philippou in a press release. “With the popularity of the WNBA and women’s college basketball exploding in recent years, I can’t wait to bring fans, both new and old, essential news and compelling stories on their favorite teams and athletes. Getting to work alongside a group of journalists I’ve long admired excites me most about this opportunity, and I look forward to seeing how we can continue to elevate and diversify our coverage.”

The 2018 Stanford graduate also previously wrote for the Dallas Morning News, Seattle Times, and Cincinnati Enquirer.

“We are delighted to welcome Alexa to our team,” said Tony Moss, ESPN deputy editor, in a press release. “Her versatility in handling news, features, game coverage, and larger projects on a demanding beat encompassing both women’s college basketball and the WNBA really impressed us. Alexa’s addition to our talented group is great news for ESPN readers, especially with the NCAA Tournament just weeks away.”

The hiring was met with plenty of high praise from Philippou’s colleagues as well.


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