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Ep. 27 - Tara Baker

Updated: Nov 20, 2020

"The way I always look at it is like ESPN gave me my background and basis for number one, what is a good story? Number two, how do you utilize that story and, and make it something that is going to impact other people?"

Tara Baker feels she has millions of stories to tell as part of her work with Special Olympics as Director of Marketing & Communications. In her role, Tara liaises with North American chapters of the organization, providing her a constant feed of stories about athletes, coaches and volunteers within Special Olympics, an organization that provides inclusion opportunities for people with intellectual disabilities. Her role also involves being a key member of the communications staff at major Special Olympic competitions, including the USA and World games. Tara shares how her storytelling began during her time at ESPN where she was a member of the creative content team doing feature stories and other elements across a variety of sports.

Below are Show Notes for Episode 27:

Tara Baker


Special Olympics

International Olympic Committee


Jonny Pierce - Special Olympics swimmer who competed at Paralympics

Special Olympics History

Eunice Kennedy Shriver

1968 Special Olympics Games

Soldier Field


ESPN Broadcasts 2015 World Games

Disney VoluntEARS 

Special Olympics North American Region

2018 Seattle Special Olympics USA Games

2022 Orlando Special Olympics USA Games

2022 Kazan Special Olympics World Games 

2023 Berlin Special Olympics World Games 

Chris Nikic Completes IRONMAN

Nikic Coverage Today Show | Good Morning America | Sports Illustrated | CNN




Bank of America

Law Enforcement Torch Run

Polar Plunges

Cop on a Rooftop

Roger Federer

Rafael Nadal 

Maria Sharapova

Tara in ESPN Feature on Euros Coverage

Serena Williams

Caroline Wozniacki

2009 US Open semifinal Kim Clijsters vs Serena Williams

Tim Mullen

Jamie Reynolds

2011 Australian Open BTS

Matti Hill

TWZ (Bryan Brousseau)

Richard Sweeney

Justin Fredericks

2010 FIFA World Cup Finals Tease

Jeff Sarokin

Don Cheadle

Clemson-Ohio State CFP tease

Lion Whisperer

Lebron James

Clemson football

Alabama football

Bill Bonnell

Kate Jackson

Garrett Ford

Arnold Classic

Andrew Peterson

Boston Marathon

Julian Borst

Borst Peterson at USA Games, Seattle Times

Peterson runs 150 miles in three days

Become an athlete

Become a volunteer

Become an coach

Become an officia

Ways to donatel


The Skimm


Special Olympics Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | LinkedIn

Chris Nikic Instagram

Rex Chapman Twitter

One Life by Megan Rapinoe

Stranger Things



Schitt’s Creek

Chicago Bulls

Last Dance

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