Pioneering NC sportswriter Mary Gerber dies at 92 | Sports

Pioneering NC sportswriter Mary Gerber dies at 92

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Cheryl Miller, Andrea Kremer and Hannah Storm can thank Mary Gerber who broke, with difficulty, the gender barriers for women sportswriters, and later, sportscasters.

Gerber died Sunday in Winston-Salem at age 92, reports The New York Times.

She covered high school and then the ACC  before branching out to a wide variety of sports for Winston-Salem papers. And, as the Times reports, she covered black athletics during the segregationist era in the South.

The Times includes a humorous anecdote about the camaraderie between Gerber and a black sportswriter:

She was working at “one of the games that one of the first black writers came to — he was from the Durham paper — and he and I sat next to each other.”

“And I was feeling pretty sure of myself by that time,” she added. “So when he came in and sat down, I reached over and poked him and I said, ‘Welcome, fellow minority.’ And he laughed.”

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