The Author


Kathy Orton is an experienced journalist who has spent more than 15 years covering a wide range of sports. For the past 13 years, she has written for The Washington Post, leading coverage of the Baltimore Ravens’ Super-Bowl winning season and the Maryland women’s basketball team’s run to an NCAA championship.

Her book Outside the Limelight: Basketball in the Ivy League is the first to take a comprehensive look at this under-appreciated conference.

Orton has written extensively about college sports, particularly basketball. In addition, she has covered Super Bowls, Final Fours, NBA all-star games and golf’s national championship, the U.S. Open.

Before coming to the Post, Orton worked at the Cincinnati Post covering Xavier University men’s basketball. She began her career at the Los Angeles Daily News, where she wrote a weekly column on women’s sports. Her articles have been published in the International Herald Tribune, The Times of London and many other national and international publications.

Orton is an occasional panelist on Comcast SportsNet’s Washington Post Live, a sports roundtable discussing the latest topics in the news. She also has been a guest on a variety of radio shows and has spoken to writers’ groups and college media classes.

Before embarking on a writing career, Orton was a producer at sports talk radio station KMPC-AM in Los Angeles, the publications coordinator at Washington Researchers, and a legislative and press assistant for Congressman J. Dennis Hastert.

A graduate of George Washington University, Orton grew up in Illinois and now resides in Washington, D.C.