August 14, 2007
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Leah Yoon, NPR
   

TRANSSEXUAL SPORTS COLUMNIST CHRISTINE DANIELS (FORMERLY MIKE PENNER)
TALKS TO NPR NEWSMAGAZINE DAY TO DAY
TOMORROW, WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 15

EXCERPT BELOW; AUDIO TO BE AVAILABLE AT WWW.NPR.ORG



August 14, 2007; Culver City, CA - In an interview airing tomorrow on NPR newsmagazine Day to Day, transsexual sports columnist Christine Daniels talks to host Madeleine Brand about her journey as a transsexual in the male-dominated sports industry. Ms. Daniels says she was "scared to death" on being in the locker room or covering sports after going through her gender change but was convinced she had to "find about this…I didn't want to die without knowing if this is really me."

A successful sports columnist for the Los Angeles Times, Ms. Daniels, formerly Mike Penner, discusses her decision to publicly announce the gender change in the pages of the Times. "Even ten days before (the) column ran I thought about quitting the Times. I was so freaked out. I was almost in a fetal position the whole day before."

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