MOST CRE­ATIVE PEO­PLE

Fast Company - - Contents - KATIE NOLAN Host, Sports? With Katie Nolan —CLAIRE DOD­SON

For­mer Garbage Time host Katie Nolan is bring­ing her sig­na­ture wit to ESPN with the new pod­cast Sports? With Katie Nolan.

Last year, Fox Sports 1’s quirky show Garbage Time With Katie Nolan came to an abrupt end when the net­work put it on hia­tus amid ex­ec­u­tive lead­er­ship changes. Nolan has no re­grets: The free­wheel­ing weekly broad­cast that ran for three sea­sons al­lowed her to ask guests such as Kevin Du­rant about his un­der­wear, as well as call out the NFL for its han­dling of do­mes­tic as­sault charges against for­mer Dal­las Cow­boys de­fen­sive end Greg Hardy. She just wishes she’d been aware in ad­vance that the Su­per Bowl 2017 show would be the last. “There would have been fire­works,” she says. “And pup­pies.” In Oc­to­ber 2017, she found greener Astro­turf at ESPN, where she’s help­ing to boost the net­work’s dig­i­tal pres­ence as it ex­pands be­yond lin­ear me­dia and game re­caps.

Nolan’s new mul­ti­fac­eted role in­cludes reg­u­lar on-cam­era ESPN guest com­men­ta­tor work and an an­chor gig on the net­work’s Snapchat ver­sion of Sports­cen­ter, which has seen its au­di­ence dou­ble in size to more than 2 mil­lion daily view­ers since its launch in Oc­to­ber. Mean­while, she’s host­ing a new pod­cast, called Sports? With Katie Nolan, which de­buted in Jan­uary and echoes Garbage Time in tone and for­mat (early episodes have her dis­cussing a Rock­ets–clip­pers game, de­bat­ing the mer­its of kale, and run­ning a Su­per Bowl half­time show bracket). “It’s fun to hear your fa­vorite ath­lete say more than, ‘We gave 100% out there, it was a team ef­fort,’ ” Nolan says. “I like when they talk about stuff they never talk about. Peo­ple are so much more than their job.”

BEST RE­CENT TECH DE­VEL­OP­MENT “Did they make that train that gets you places in an hour yet? The Hy­per­loop? That would be great.” WORST RE­CENT TECH DE­VEL­OP­MENT “Ear­buds that don’t have any cords on them. Air­pods? I al­ways call them Air Buds, and that is a dog from a movie. I can’t tell when peo­ple have them in their ears and they aren’t lis­ten­ing to me. Also, I’m not in on driver­less cars. They scare the hell out of me.” WHO WOULD BE ON HER LIST OF MOST CRE­ATIVE PEO­PLE “Martel­lus Ben­nett, for­mer tight end for the New Eng­land Pa­tri­ots.” WHAT SHE’S GOOD AT “Mak­ing peo­ple laugh.”

How She Stays Pro­duc­tive

“I HAVE A RE­WARD SYS­TEM WHERE I DO 30 MIN­UTES OF WORK AND THEN 10 MIN­UTES OF DO­ING THINGS I WANT TO DO, LIKE SO­CIAL ME­DIA AND EAT­ING.”

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