Anna Katherine Clay
Assistant Professor of Practice
Tu/Th 2:15pm - 3:30pm and by appointment.
MDST 2508: Sports Media Production - TuTh 11:00am - 12:15pm
MDST 2690: Sports Journalism - TuTh 2:00pm - 3:15pm
MDST 3742: Athletes, Activism, and the Media - Tuesday/Thursday 2:00pm - 3:15pm
Anna Katherine (Clemmons) Clay is a freelance writer and Lecturer in the Department of Media Studies at the University of Virginia. She is a 16-year veteran writer, reporter and producer for ESPN, where she wrote everything from 5,000-word features for ESPN’s Outside the Lines to technical breakdowns for ESPN the Magazine. She has produced video features for ESPN's 'Monday Night Countdown,' 'SportsCenter,' ESPN the Magazine's 'Body Issue,' and more. Her reporting adventures have included riding on a combine harvester with Oakland Raiders wide receiver Jordy Nelson on his Kansas farm and watching a backyard game of H-O-R-S-E between former NBA great Dell Curry and his older son, two-time NBA MVP Steph Curry (she won’t reveal who won).
In addition to her continued ESPN work, Anna Katherine has written stories for numerous publications, including: The New York Times, Glamour Magazine, The Washington Post Magazine, Conde Nast Traveler, USA Today, Sports Illustrated, Hemispheres, Longreads, Rhapsody, SB Nation, The National, Virginia Magazine, FOR Magazine, Men’s Journal, Bleacher Report Magazine, Garden & Gun, Runner's World, Men's Health, Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine, Mockingbird and more. She assisted in editing the first draft of Keith Hernandez’s memoir, ‘I’m Keith Hernandez;’ the feature film rights to her longform feature on a Houston high school men’s soccer team were optioned in January of 2019 by a production arm of FOX films.
A 2001 graduate of Davidson College, Anna Katherine obtained her B.A. in English. She is an official member of both the American Society of Journalists & Authors (ASJA) and the Association of Women in Sports Media (AWSM).
She is passionate about educating the next generation of storytellers, and loves her work teaching Sports Journalism and Sports Media Production at the University of Virginia. Anna Katherine has also enjoyed stints as a guest lecturer at several schools, including Davidson College, where she served as keynote speaker for the 2018 Women’s Leadership Conference; UNC-Chapel Hill, and her graduate school alma mater, Boston University, where she obtained a Master’s in Journalism in 2005. She lives in Charlottesville with her husband, Matt, and their sons, Connor (7) and Sam (5).