Published on November 11, 2015 by Emily Duval  
Rachel Baribeau

Samford University’s Department of Journalism and Mass Communication (JMC) held the inaugural sports media lecture Nov. 2 with speaker Rachel Baribeau. 

During the lecture, “My Life as a Multimedia Sports Journalist,” Baribeau spoke about her wide variety of experience in the sports media world and encouraged students to work hard for what they are passionate about. 

Baribeau is the first and only female host for Sirius XM Radio’s College Sports Nation and has experience working with Fox Sports, ESPN, CBS Sports and Yahoo. She is also a passionate ALS advocate, even climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro to raise awareness for the Kevin Turner Foundation. Her experience working in the Southeastern Conference and Atlantic Coast Conference as a sports editor, sideline reporter and radio analyst has earned her the moniker as the South’s “sweetheart of sports.” 

“Rachel was an exceptional choice. She is a wonderful multimedia journalist who was great to talk to students about faith and career opportunities when you work hard,” said JMC department chair Bernie Ankney. “The sport media minor makes Samford JMC different and gives students marketable skills.” 

More than 150 students and faculty attended the lecture. There was also a question and answer event for students interested in a sports journalism career and a reception before Baribeau’s lecture. Baribeau spent time connecting with students and offering mentor opportunities. 

During the lecture, Baribeau encouraged her audience with some advice. 

“Each of you were put on earth for something larger than your career. You are here to have an impact, and that might not be your career, but your career might be your vehicle.” 

Emily Duval is a journalism and mass communication major and a news and feature writer in the Office of Marketing and Communication.



Samford is a leading Christian university offering undergraduate programs grounded in the liberal arts with an array of nationally recognized graduate and professional schools. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th-oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. Samford enrolls 5,791 students from 49 states, Puerto Rico and 16 countries in its 10 academic schools: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy and public health. Samford fields 17 athletic teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference and ranks 6th nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.