Woman of Distinction: Tracy Dodds

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Posted: Jul 20, 2021 2:48 PM
Updated: Jul 21, 2021 8:51 AM

TIPPECANOE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI)—This is not Tracy Dodds' first rodeo.

"This is not my first rodeo, no it is not," said Dodds. 

She was one of the first women to cover sports for a major publication, the Milwaukee Journal.

"I went to Indiana University and while I was there I said you know I would really like to be a sports writer but there weren't any women doing it," said Dodds. 

But this Lafayette native didn't let it stop her. She's covered college football and basketball including final four tournaments and the Rose, Orange, Sugar and Cotton Bowl.

"It was brutal out there," said Dodds. "It was really brutal and I was often the first on whatever scene it was. If it's the Rose Bowl, I am the first one, if it's the Orange Bowl now I am the first one again."

Being a woman, she never let it stop her.

"My philosophy always was get the story, get a good story in the paper and then no one can say you can't do this job," said Dodds. 

That attitude carried her far making her the first woman to be inducted into the Indiana Sportswriters and Sportscasters Hall of Fame.

Dodds is also commonly known for her coverage of UCLA Basketball Star and Coach Larry Farmer.

"He came from no where," said Dodds. "He came out of no where. He was a junior in high school, Manuel High School in Denver when he decided he wanted to go to UCLA."

Dodds is currently working on her second book called Role of a lifetime. It's a biography of Larry Farmer.

She said all of her life experiences taught her the most important life lesson.

"You know what you can do, just go and do it and when they ask you are you good enough to do it say yes, I am," said Dodds. 

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