Lesley Visser: Billie Jean King Legacy Award “Outstanding Journalist” Recipient

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Over the course of nearly four decades as a sportscaster, Lesley Visser has consistently covered NFL football, while also reporting on such international sporting events as the World Figure Skating Championships and the U.S. Open Tennis Championships. In 1976, with two years of experience as a sports reporter behind her, Visser began covering the New England Patriots for The Boston Globe. During this era of male-dominated sports coverage, the press credentials she wore frequently read “No Women or Children in the Press Box.”
In 2008, Lesley Visser was recognized for her career contributions as a recipient of the Billie Jean King Legacy Award. To date, her award remains the only “Outstanding Journalist” Billie ever presented. The high-profile award honors people whose “outstanding courage and contributions have helped to change the global cultural landscape.” The most recent recipient of a Billie Award was Pat Summitt, the record-setting NCAA basketball coach who led the University of Tennessee Lady Vols to nearly 1,100 victories over the course of 38 seasons.

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Among the other recognitions that Visser has achieved in the past decade are the Emily Couric Leadership Award and the Gracie Allen Award, granted by American Women in Radio and Television, Inc.