Mirin Fader is the Oxy men’s basketball beat writer. As a senior this year at Occidental, she also writes feature stories on Oxy student-athletes, coaches and alums.
Fader spent the past summer covering the Los Angeles Sparks, writing features articles and game stories for the team’s website (www.wnba.com/sparks). Her clips included chronicling the Olympic experiences of 2x gold medalist DeLisha Milton-Jones, profiling the league’s Rookie of the Year Nneka Ogwumike, and writing about the inspiring comeback of Alana Beard, the first women’s basketball player to have her jersey retired at Duke, from a near-career ending injury.
Last fall, Fader interned for KABC-TV Sports, where she interviewed prominent sports figures such as Magic Johnson, Jerry West, and Rick Neuheisel, and assisted in the production of the Sports Zone with Rob Fukuzaki. In 2010, she was a finalist in KTLA5’s Sportscaster for a Day Competition.
As a former Senior Writer for the Occidental Weekly, Fader has been involved in a variety of activities on campus since she arrived as a sophomore transfer from Lewis and Clark College, where she was a member of the women’s basketball team (09-10). She is currently a member of the Occidental Sports Business and Law Network, and a Research Assistant for Professor Jean Wyatt of the English and Comparative Literary Studies department. As an ECLS major, Fader is a member of the Dean’s List, and was awarded a Ford Mentors Fellowship to conduct research on her favorite author Toni Morrison through Oxy’s Undergraduate Research Center.
Aside from her writing ventures, Fader is a second-year assistant coach for the varsity girl’s basketball team at Polytechnic school in Pasadena.
Fader hopes to make a meaningful career out of her passion for writing and sports as a sportswriter and author. All of her work can be found at her website: www.mirinfader.com