Claire Smith, a Temple University alumna who this summer will become the first woman inducted as a sportswriter to the National Baseball Hall of Fame, will be the keynote speaker at Temple's Klein College of Media and Communication exercises in May.
 
"We are so proud to count Claire among our alumni," said Klein College Dean David Boardman, "and we are thrilled that she will offer insight from her trailblazing career to the first graduating class of our newly named college."
 
Smith, a 1979 graduate, will be inducted to the Hall of Fame in July in recognition of her work as the first woman to cover a major league baseball beat. She is the fourth African American writer to win the J.G. Taylor Spink Award, the winners of which are permanently etched in the Hall's library.
 
Currently ESPN's news editor of remote productions, Smith formerly worked at The New York Times, The Philadelphia Inquirer and the Hartford Courant. She is the winner of three New York Times Publishers' Awards and was the first winner of the Sam Lacy-Wendell Smith Award, given for "significant contributions to racial and gender equity."
 
"Claire is a true role model, professionally and personally," Boardman said. "I can't wait to cheer her on at the Hall of Fame induction this summer."
 
Spring graduation exercises will be held on Thursday, May 11 at 5:30 p.m. in McGonigle Hall.