Kelly Whiteside spent 14 years at USA Today as the lead Olympics writer, World Cup soccer writer and national college football writer. She has covered seven Olympics, eight World Cups as well as the NFL, NBA, Major League Baseball, NHL and major college sports. Prior to joining USA Today, she was a reporter at Newsday and a staff writer at Sports Illustrated. From 1998-2004, she was an adjunct professor at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and from 2012-2013 a part-time lecturer at Rutgers University teaching sports journalism. She has been an Assistant Professor in Sports Media and Journalism at Montclair State University since 2014 and is a frequent contributor to the New York Times. She is a graduate of Rutgers University and the Columbia Journalism School.