Hoopfeed.com was started by writer and artist Cheryl Coward. Contributors to the site include writers, coaches, and photographers from around the country.
Cheryl has followed women’s basketball for over 30 years since she saw Nancy Lieberman make history in the 1976 Olympics as the youngest basketball player in the history of the games to win a medal. She was barely out of diapers then but she remembers the televised broadcasts of the Montreal Games.
She has also been a writer and artist for two decades. Her work has been published in many publications including the Village Voice, the Chicago Tribune, Essence magazine, and Black Enterprise magazine among others. She started her career as a reporter for a weekly in Washington, D.C. in the early 1990s. Shortly after, she became the Washington, D.C. correspondent for the Advocate magazine. As a young reporter in Washington, D.C. she was the only member of the press to get an actual interview with Anita Hill’s “basketball playing roommate” while covering the sensational media circus of the Senate confirmation hearings of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas.
She later became the Chief of Research at the Village Voice. While at the Voice, she frequently had long conversations about the game with reporter Alisa Solomon who even wrote a story or two due to those conversations. She also witnessed the first-ever game of the New York Liberty at Madison Square Garden. She left the Voice to go on a sabbatical to finish her first novel Sugarhill which was published in 2001 and ended up in Seattle where she was a frequent attendee at ABL Seattle Reign games.
In 2007 while covering the women’s basketball SEC championships for the Florida Star newspaper, she began to think about creating a web-based publication about the sport and subsequently registered and began creating Hoopfeed.com. She is a member of the National Association of Black Journalists, the United States Basketball Writers Association, the Professional Basketball Writers Association, and the Association for Women in Sports Media