Jenny Cavnar was never one to settle for the status quo.
She grew up loving sports and knew from an early age that she wanted to be a broadcaster. It wasn’t long before she realized that opportunities for women in that field are usually limited to sideline reporting and studio reporting. The coveted jobs doing television or radio play-by-play of major sports were held almost exclusively by men.
But Cavnar (B.S., Business Administration; B.A., Communication Studies ’04) was determined to forge her own path – one that led to the highest levels of sports broadcasting. Yes, she paid her dues, spending years as a sideline reporter for both San Diego Padres and Colorado Rockies broadcasts, and working her way into a job doing studio analysis for Rockies TV broadcasts.
All of those years of work were rewarded in April when the Rockies and AT&T SportsNet gave Cavnar the opportunity to take over play-by-play duties for a game against the Padres. She became the first female to call a Rockies game in 25 years, and just the third in history.
Not bad for someone who got her start in broadcasting doing sideline reporting for a small Fort Collins radio station’s high school football broadcasts while a student at CSU.
“I’m really proud to come from a university like CSU that has produced a lot of trailblazers – women breaking down barriers, like Becky Hammon and Amy Van Dyken,” she said. “I really hope the historic part of my opportunity helps move the needle a bit more for females in this business and creates more opportunities.”