Fox 17 Sports Anchor Tatum Everett saw a side of sports not a lot of people see while working in the industry.
“Sports are a beautiful thing that bring people together. At the end of the day, fan bases are still friends. Sports for me aren’t politics, they’re fun. It’s inspiring stories and great people. Life’s too short to take all the other stuff too seriously.”
She beamed as she talked about how she developed her love for sports, but in a way that is different than most.
“I tried sports, and I was so unathletic,” she joked. “I was a cheerleader for a few years, and I’ve played tennis before. A lot of people sometimes think people who work in sports have this background playing. Even without an athletic background, I have plenty to learn. While it does have an advantage to play the sport before working with it, I have so much respect for what these people do.”
Everett grew up in Louisiana and graduated from Louisiana State University, and saying her family liked football is an understatement.
“I’m from New Orleans. South Louisiana is just as die hard football as you could say Texas high schools are. Football is your religion where I’m from. My whole family is die hard LSU fans, and what you did with your family revolved around football in the south.”
After graduating college, she found jobs in quite a few different cities before landing in Nashville.
“It took me six months to find my first job,” she explained. “It was at a cable station in Morgan City, Louisiana. I worked there for a little while, then moved to Market 161 in Denison, Texas. Then I moved back to Louisiana but in Shreveport. Everyone’s road is so different.”
And when it comes to Nashville, Everett knows it’s the place to be.
“It’s a melting pot of people who root for all sorts of teams. When a job opportunity presents itself in a place like Nashville with such a blossoming sports market, you can’t say no to that. I feel like it’s on the way up with MLS and talks about getting an MLB team. I’m very lucky to be in this market.”
She also realizes how the sports industry is male-dominated. However, she credits women for bringing something different to the table.
“We’d be kidding ourselves if we didn’t notice sports is male-dominated,” she said. “I think women add a very unique perspective. People like Teresa Walker paved the way for women in this industry. I saw reporters during games who were women when I was younger, and I knew I could do that.”
Everett has accomplished a numerous amount of things, including covering the College World Series, an NFL draft and writing an Emmy-nominated story. But, she is most proud of how long she has remained in the industry.
“Being in the industry for ten years is a big accomplishment. I think a lot of people burn out because it’s a tough industry with the hours, stress and competition. It’s not made for everyone.”
Everett believes when it comes to looking back on past experiences, you shouldn’t stay in the past forever.
“I think it’s important to not pigeonhole yourself into where you want to go in this career,” she said. “Sports media is always changing. I just try to stay current and ride the wave. If you stress about the details, it’s not healthy to think that way. You have to be confident in your abilities.”
Along with sports media fluctuating, social media also is changeable. In today’s day and age, it’s how most people get their news and keep up with scores. It can also be a damaging place when it comes to criticism.
“If I have gotten criticism or something that bothered me, I’ve already forgotten about it,” Everett said. “Our industry is very objective. You can be someone’s favorite reporter or least favorite. The important part is you look at what you’ve done and you’re proud of it. That’s what matters.”
Everett has done so much in 10 years, but there is one thing she hopes to achieve as she continues her journey.
“If I don’t get to do something on my bucket list, I don’t see it as a failure. I just want to be happy in what I do.”
Featured image via Tatum Everett
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