Kaila is a sports communication graduate of Clemson University and a current content associate at ESPN who has a passion for telling the stories that go beyond just the field. She is dedicated to her craft and aims to share both her knowledge of sports and the inspiring stories she comes across, along the way.
Through various positions including both a news and sports internship at WSPA-TV (a local CBS affiliate station) and her three-year role as a sports reporter for The Clemson Insider, she has become proficient in writing, editing, shooting, reporting and on-camera work. She has had the opportunity to cover events such as the ESPN College Football Awards Show, the 2016 ACC Basketball Tournament, the 2016 ACC Media Kickoff, Carolina Panthers’ 2016 Training Camp, and the 2017 College Football Playoff National Championship.
For Clemson’s news station, she produced, shot and edited her own news packages on a weekly basis to be viewed on Clemson’s website. She then strengthened her skill set by editing video content for WSPA-TV’s sports segments.
She has also served as the Clemson correspondent for Sports Illustrated’s Campus Rush and ESPNU’s Campus Connection program where she is most proud of producing her own video feature on the strong bond between two cancer-surviving student athletes.
She gained experience with the inner workings of a collegiate summer baseball team when she became the Communications Director for a team in the Cal Ripken Collegiate Baseball League in 2015. She was responsible for creating content for the team’s website through conducting player and coach interviews and composing game and feature stories.
At Clemson, Kaila represented the Department of Communications as both a Communication Ambassador and the Sports Communication representative for the Dean’s Undergraduate Student Advisory Council. She enjoyed having the opportunity to share both her passion for the University and the Sports Communication Department as a liaison between the students and potential students and between her peers and the administration. Her involvement helped her be recognized by her college as the recipient of the Dean’s Award for Professional Engagement in April, 2017.
Following graduation, Kaila was selected as one of 12 students to participate in an intensive journalism program called “The Sports Journalism Institute” and continued learning as an intern for ESPN The Magazine where she worked on content ranging from The Body Issue to the CFB and NFL preview Issues.
Now, Kaila works in event production for college sports, helping to ensure the best stories and visual elements make their way to the viewers who share the same passion for collegiate-level athletics as she does.