News Sentinel court reporter Jamie Satterfield will discuss her struggles as a female covering crime during the past 24 years in a Tuesday talk at “Lunch with the League.”
Satterfield’s talk is titled “A Man’s Game.” It starts at noon Tuesday in the Social Hall of the Oak Ridge Unitarian Universalist Church.
“When I started in the newspaper business, women didn’t cover hard news, especially crime,” Satterfield said in a press release from the League of Women Voters of Oak Ridge. “I had to fight my way into the job and once I had it, I faced many more battles to keep it.”
The press release said Satterfield is a University of Tennessee graduate who began her career at her hometown newspaper in Sevierville before joining the News Sentinel in 1994.
In April 2012, Satterfield won the East Tennessee Society of Professional Journalists “2011 Golden Press Card Award” for her series on the downfall of drug-addicted former Knox County Criminal Court Judge Richard Baumgartner, the press release said. The Golden Press Card Award is the overall “best of show” out of all first-place winners in the annual awards competition for East Tennessee journalists.
“This was a fantastic group of stories and a great example of dogged beat reporting that uncovered a judge on drugs and had wide repercussions, including the dismissal of verdicts in a sensational murder case,” said judges from an SPJ chapter in Pittsburgh, Pa. “The series read like a screenplay, only it was true.”
Lunch with the League is free and open to the public. Reservations are not required.
Box lunches will be available starting at 11:30 a.m. on a first-come, first-served basis for $7, or people may bring their own. Coffee and tea are provided.
The Oak Ridge Unitarian Universalist Church is located at 1500 Oak Ridge Turnpike.