Kristen Ledlow from "NBA Inside Stuff" talks with us about her coolest moment covering the NBA, gives advice to girls wanting to work in the media, and tells us her favorite Bible verse!
Q: When did you fall in love with sports?
Ledlow: As a little girl, my parents gave me the opportunity to participate in many extra-curricular activities to decide on what I loved most! I fell in love with sports when I started playing basketball at 8 years old.
Q: You played sports all through high school and in college where you majored in broadcasting and communications. Did you know right away as a freshman that you wanted to work in sports?
Ledlow: Long before I stepped on to a college campus, I knew what I wanted to pursue after graduation. At Southeastern University, I was given the opportunity to get hands-on with our broadcast equipment starting my freshman year. With my career path decided, I was able to take advantage of the department's resources and better understand the industry I planned to take on.
Q: As co-host of NBA's Inside Stuff, you've had the opportunity to meet and interview several different NBA players. What's been your coolest moment so far while covering the NBA?
Ledlow: While it's nearly impossible to narrow this journey down to the "coolest" moment, I know I'll never forget walking into the Cleveland Cavaliers' locker room after a Game 7 win in the 2016 NBA Finals. I was doused in champagne while conducting player interviews, but it was worth it for a memory that will last me a lifetime!
Q: Who was the toughest player to defend on the court in the Celebrity All-Star games you've played in?
Ledlow: Somehow, I ended up double-teamed by Tamika Catchings and Michael B. Jordan. One is among the greatest to ever play in the WNBA, while the other played "Creed." How did I end up between those two?! To be fair, he isn't the greatest "Michael Jordan" I've ever seen take the court...
Q: What advice would you give to young athletes, especially girls, who have dreams of working in media someday?
Ledlow: When I was a little girl, big basketball dreams did not often become a reality. Now, little girls can grow up to play in the WNBA, coach in the NBA, or man the sidelines (no pun intended) the way I do now. My advice? Don't take no for an answer. Most success is seen by simply standing long after those around you have taken a seat!
Q: You've gotten really involved in the "End It" movement that strives to end sex trafficking. What prompted you to support that organization?
Ledlow: There are 27 million men, women, and children trapped in modern-day slavery. In the United States alone, the National Human Trafficking Hotline received reports of human trafficking in all 50 states. Because I've been given a platform to speak, I want to use my voice for those who don't have one. Together, I believe we can demand freedom and become the generation that ends modern-day slavery.
Q: What's your favorite Bible verse, and how does it apply to your day-to-day life?
Ledlow: "God can do anything, you know - far more than you could ever imagine or guess or request in your wildest dreams!" (Ephesians 3:20, MSG) This verse serves as a daily reminder that my wildest dreams pale in comparison to those of the God who births them inside me.
Kristen Ledlow currently works as a co-host of NBA Inside Stuff alongside Grant Hill. Prior to joining NBA TV, Ledlow worked as a radio host on WZGC in Atlanta. Ledlow graduated from Southeastern University in Lakeland, FL where she was an All-American volleyball player. Ledlow has also served as a sports anchor for HLN and CNN, and has also worked as a sideline reporter for Florida State football games. You can follow Kristen on Twitter @KristenLedlow.
(photo courtesy of Turner Sports)