Megan’s career in journalism started at age 14, when she won the Breaking Barriers: In Sports, In Life essay contest sponsored by Major League Baseball and Scholastic in 2011.
The contest, inspired by Jackie Robinson’s historic breaking of the color barrier, encourages students in grades 4-9 to write about how they overcome barriers in their own lives.
Megan’s essay focused on the very rare neurological disorder she was born with. As a result of that genetic condition, Megan is unable to feel pain, temperature and touch. She is also deaf and is diagnosed with several chronic illnesses.
After winning the essay contest, Megan was offered a job by then-MLB Commissioner Bud Selig as MLB.com’s first-ever Youth Correspondent. She started work in November of that year and, ever since, has written a column as one of MLB.com’s featured personalities. She has interviewed players and coaches from all 30 MLB teams and covered MLB “jewel events” such as the All-Star Game, World Series and spring training. Megan also partnered with an award-winning filmmaker to co-write and produce a 30-minute documentary that aired on MLB.com and was screened at the 2014 National Baseball Hall of Fame Film Festival.
As a student at Miami University, Megan has continued in journalism as an editor at The Miami Student, the weekly campus newspaper, and by overseeing the Student’s sister publication, The Miami Student Magazine, which publishes longform journalism and creative nonfiction. Under her direction, the Magazine published its first print issue in fall 2017.
Outside of writing, Megan complements her coursework in Disability Studies by serving as a co-president of the university’s Students with Disabilities Advisory Council, which she helped to found in 2016. In this capacity, she plans disability awareness initiatives and has presented on disability-related topics at several professional development conferences.
Megan is also involved in the disability community as a core staff member at the Ohio Youth Leadership Forum and on the advisory board of DREAM, a national organization for college students with disabilities.