Kristen Hewitt: Producer, Editor, Blogger and Mom

Mom. Producer. Editor. Blogger. This mother of two does it all. Originally from Minnesota, Kristen Hewitt grew up in Orlando, Florida where she graduated from the University of Central Florida with a degree in Broadcast Journalism. She has been working in the South Florida market since 2003, including being an in-arena host for the Florida Panthers, co-host of “Game Day Live” for the Miami Dolphins, and so much more.

Kristen grabbed my attention when I came across her blog, “Mommy In Sports.” I was so intrigued at all she has accomplished. Between the late night interviews, to the Fouth of July arts and crafts with her kids, it was the perfect balance of the successful business woman and entrepreneur combined with the down-to-earth mom. I had to wonder if the male dominated, “dog eat dog” world of sports make her feel discriminated against, or if she has been treated differently just because she’s a woman. I was very fortunate to be able to sit down and chat with the supermom and see just how she “does it all.”

ChicaLogic: Can you tell us how you got started as a blogger, and why?

Kristen: A crazy chaotic shoot day in Jupiter shooting for the Marlins, and I forgot a piece of my breast pump. I decided to write down the events of that day to tell my husband who was on the road with the HEAT. I showed the short story to a few people to see if anyone could relate to the challenges of motherhood and working in sports. So many people loved it I decided to start the blog as a way to share my adventures. I hope in the future to write more feature stories on athletes that are mothers and fathers, and how they balance their lives. It’s an interesting perspective, especially after the athlete retires and is thrust into parenting full time.

ChicaLogic: Who is your target audience and what is your message?

Kristen: I’m not exactly sure yet, as I’ve only been blogging for about six months. But moms for sure, and sports fans. My message is a blend of my passions in life – sports stories and mommyhood.

ChicaLogic: How do you balance being a mother, a wife, and a entrepreneur?

Kristen: It’s not easy! Not only am I am mom, wife, and blogger, but I also produce a kid’s show for the Marlins called Billy’s Bunch, and I’m a feature reporter for the Miami HEAT. I live by a schedule. My kids have a definite routine, and I make lots of list. The hardest part if is trying to make time for just me and my husband. But we enjoy our summers off and lots of little vacations. And of course time for myself. I find that early mornings are best for writing and working out. It’s difficult to get up at 5:30 a.m. on the day after a HEAT game, but I do try to get an hour or so in the office before the kids wake up at 7:30.

ChicaLogic: What are some of the challenges you have faced promoting sports as a woman?

Kristen: When I was younger, it was difficult to be taken seriously. But women have made so many strides in this field I find being a woman is sometimes an advantage. Players can open more, I ask more personal questions, and they have been very helpful in giving me extra interviews for my blog. I find that male or female, as long as you are confident and open, the players will be receptive to talking.

ChicaLogic: In the world of sports, some people refer to it as a “dog eat dog” type of world. Do you feel you experience this more than others, simply because you are a woman?

Kristen: I think as a woman it’s harder in this field because there is always someone younger, prettier, and more willing to work for less income than you. Women are judged more harshly than their male counterparts on appearance, and there really is a double standard in terms of “look”. But in sports, everyone is trying to get the next big story – not just women. I feel honored to work in this industry and do a job I love…telling  the stories of others. I am living my dream, I have two beautiful kids, an awesome husband, and I’m covering the best basketball team in the world. If it all ended tomorrow, at least I did it, and did it well.

ChicaLogic: Have you ever been treated differently because you were a female in the past or even recently?

Kristen: Not really. Except for the PR guys yelling “lady in the locker room!”

ChicaLogic: What advice would you give to women who want to follow their passion?

Kristen: Don’t take no for an answer. Be confident, be strong, and don’t be afraid to be persistent. As hard as it is, never worry about what anyone thinks of you. Just love yourself and you will succeed.

 

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Meet our newest Chica at ChicaLogic, Kayla Megonegal! Kayla is interning at ChicaLogic while continuing her studies in Communication Disorders at Florida State University, where she is a member of the Florida chapter of Pi Beta Phi Sorority. In high school, Kayla created a club that focused on special needs students called Bobcat Buddies and worked as a child caretaker — all while maintaining a 3.7 GPA. Kayla is going to do a little bit of everything while she’s with us. Welcome Kayla!

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