Kate Fagan is a columnist and feature writer for espnW, ESPN.com and ESPN The Magazine. She is also a regular panelist on ESPN's Around the Horn and can be seen on Outside the Lines, First Take and His & Hers.
Previously, Fagan spent three seasons covering the 76ers for the Philadelphia Inquirer. She is the author of a memoir, The Reappearing Act, and co-host of the espnW podcast Free Cookies. Kate lives in Brooklyn, New York with her girlfriend Kathryn Budig and their two dogs.
Semi-Finalist for the PEN/ESPN Award for Literary
"the must-read book of 2017 for runners or competitive athletes of all kinds...thoroughly researched, written with sensitivity"--Sinead Mulhern, Canadian Running
"A compassionate and frank look at depression and the social pressure faced by many college students as seen through the eyes of one young woman."--Kirkus
"A poignant study of the converging pressures of mental illness, college athletics and social media."--Carlos Lozada, Washington Post
"A provocative and thoughtful look at a student-athlete suicide that rocked the nation--but didn't, until now, actually help inform the nation. A labor of love and prevention by Kate Fagan, and Maddy's family and friends."
--Stephen Fried, best-selling author of Thing of Beauty and
with Patrick Kennedy, A Common Struggle, -
"Fagan delivers the sequence of events in such a heartfelt but very real way"--Caitlyn Pilkington, Women's Running
"Fagan does an exceptional job laying out [Maddy's] pain in a narrative style that is both persuasive and honest . . . a comprehensive, essential, and well-written piece about mental health, as well as a small step toward reducing the stigma around anxiety and depression."--Erin McCarthy, Philadelphia Inquirer
"Fagan's book is well-researched and the message is timely and important."--Publishers' Weekly
"Gripping and universal"
--Trevor Noah, The Daily Show
"Holleran seems so alive on the page; her messages and Fagan's prose create someone who seems a real, living thing, so much so that by the end, this reader was rooting for her to talk to someone"
"It is impossible not to be affected by Holleran's heart-wrenching story. An appropriate (if difficult) read for current and future college athletes, their coaches, and parents."--Library Journal
"The book goes beyond telling a heartbreaking story; it encourages compassion toward young adults struggling with mental health issues and will ultimately help us think about ways to prevent similar tragedies."--National Book Review
"With immense empathy, [Fagan] shares insights particular to student athletes, but presents them in universally accessible language and connects with the non-athlete through vivid examples"--Shelf-Awareness
Praise for What Made Maddy Run---
"Covering an issue as sensitive as a teen suicide is no easy task and Fagan's compassion and desire to prevent more students from following Holleran's path shows in her writing. I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to be better informed about mental health issues among college students."--Carina Julig, cuindependent.com