Olympics editor Roxanna Scott

Following a life-long passion, Roxanna Scott (B.A. 1996) has achieved a dream.

Scott became the Olympics editor for USA Today in December 2006. She said she’s loved covering sports since high school when she worked for the Quad-City Times as a clerk.

“I’ve always loved newspapers. There are wonderful stories and it’s a lot of fun,” Scott said.

At The University of Iowa, Scott worked on The Daily Iowan staff for four years, serving as reporter, metro editor, sports editor and managing editor.

After graduating, she moved to Texas to work for The Dallas Morning News, where she had interned the previous year. After working as a copy editor, she eventually became the paper’s assistant sports editor.

Scott is now gearing up for the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, China. She’ll oversee which stories get covered and how they’ll be presented in the paper.

Along with this responsibility, Scott is this year’s head convention coordinator for the Association for Women in Sports Media (AWSM), which works to help further the position of women in media. Previously she served as AWSM president, and she has also been active in the Asian American Journalists Association.

“The women I’ve met have become great allies and the best mentors. I hope I can pass that along to the next generation,” Scott said.

Vicki Michaelis, current president of AWSM, said Scott’s even temper has helped with the pressures of planning the event from afar.

“She’s very good at taking in a lot of information and quickly processing it to its essence,” Michaelis said. “She is very professional in everything she says and does.”

Reflecting on her experience, Scott said the most difficult part of her career was making the leap from college to full-time copy editor because there was so much to learn. Her suggestion was to trust your instincts and build a network of people which you can lean on when there are obstacles or challenges.

She also said to learn as much about other forms of media as you can, as job descriptions in newsrooms continue to evolve.

“Our industry is changing so rapidly - don’t be left behind,” Scott said. “Those who show versatility and are skilled and knowledgeable in new forms of media will get jobs.”