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Panelist: Lesley Visser
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Lesley Visser earned her bachelor's degree in English from Boston College. She began her career in sports journalism in 1974 as a member of the Boston Globe sports staff on a grant from the Carnegie Foundation.  Two years later she was assigned to cover the New England Patriots, becoming the first female NFL beat writer.

Ms. Visser first worked at CBS in 1984 and became full-time in 1987, with assignments including "The NBA on CBS", college basketball, Major League Baseball, college football, the US Open Tennis Championship and the Olympic Winter Games. She returned to CBS Sports in 2000 after seven years at ABC, where she covered Monday Night Football, college football, the Triple Crown, figure skating and gymnastics. She has been honored with the Compass Award for "changing the paradigm of her business" and was one of the 100 luminaries commemorating the 75th anniversary of the CBS Television Network in 2003. She was named "WISE Woman of the Year" in 2002 and voted the "Outstanding Women's Sportswriter in America" in 1983 and won the "Women's Sports Foundation Award for Journalism" in 1992. In 1999 she won the first AWSM Pioneer Award.

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