Stefanie Loh is a female sports journalist in a predominately male field. Loh receives a number of negative comments about being a woman in a man’s field of work. Loh was born and raised in Singapore but is currently residing in Seattle, Washington. Stefanie moved from Singapore to the United States because she viewed herself as an “unaccepted being” from her own hometown. She believed America was the home of the free, acceptance by others and place of comfort. During her upbringing, she felt degraded by her family because she was a lesbian. Loh came to America seeking an acceptance group, and hoping for a better lifestyle.
During Loh’s high school years, she was introduced to football. While her and her family does not understand any basis of sports, Loh was self-taught with football. She would stay during every football event or games and learn the rules of football on her own. Stefanie Loh figured she would be a sports media reporter and was inspired by writing for football teams. She experienced backlash about being a female reporter from professional athletes along with male reporters. According to Loh, being a female journalist, it was difficult to catch a job being a for even being a woman.
Stefanie Loh attended University of Oregon to pursue a career in sports journalism. Canisius College journalism professor, Daniel Higgins, a friend of Stefanie Loh vouches for Loh as she has witnessed and had been a victim of misogyny throughout her college career. Higgins, taking after the interest of journalism at Oregon said, “Stefanie and I were sent on a quest to cover an NFL story a couple years back and she went through more competition than me, trying to get interviews with athletes.”
Higgins described Loh to be a dedicated reporter, known to go after a story she knew would grab readers attention and passionate about her writing. Loh became obsessed with reporting the game and has found it quite difficult to give up the career of her dreams because of couple competitions to get the story. While it may have been a difficult task for her to report important stories of the NFL with such a male dominated industry, she finds ways to keep her reporting at a higher interest than the journalist.
As a female reporter in the industry, you’re not always taken so seriously. Loh said, “I’ve come to realize is that well, no, things are not exactly the same now for women as they are for men. They’re significantly improved based on some of the stories that I’ve heard from some of the women in generations before us, who really had to fight those battles to allow women to walk into locker rooms and do their jobs.” Stefanie is a strong supporter of women’s right since she’s experienced harsh, negative comments about being a woman and being interested in a male sport. Women today are being taken as a joke when they participate in men’s sports conversations. Men believe that women speak of this topic for attention, and not necessarily aware of what they’re speaking of. It becomes impressive to men when women prove that they can engage in sport conversations. However, Loh is passionate of what she knows and can write. She uses her writing to help other women in the world to be confident with their work as women. According to Loh, it becomes easier as time progresses.
Loh says, “It benefits being a female in the industry because God forbid an accident happened with one of the athletes, we win over the emotional support with families, which can be an advantage to stories. But, you also have to be careful because you gained the trust of these families and you don’t want to break that trust because it can get in the way of your job” Keeping a relationship with clients can sell a great story; however maintaining a relationship and keeping secrets that could benefit the story can be difficult to balance.
Stefanie Loh is a proud member of the LGBTQ community and the Association for Women in Sports Media. Stefanie circles her life around the idea of comforting the gender of women and doing something she loves most, gathering information for the Seattle Seahawks. She has battled sexist situations and comments by writing about them and proving that she is allowed to be in love with the sport of football just as equally as others can be.