Jen LadaJen Lada, ESPN

Jen Lada, contributor to ESPN's digital platforms and to ESPN's College GameDay will present this year's Axthelm Memorial Lecture on Tuesday, April 11 in the Helfaer Theatre from 4 – 5 pm. Lada has covered important stories for ESPN, including two Auburn LSU families coming together through tragedy and the Chochran concussion story about former Connecticut quarterback Casey Cochran who suffered 13 concussions while playing football.

Prior to working for ESPN, Lada was an anchor and reporter for two and a half years at CSN Chicago, where she covered the Bears and White Sox pro sports beats. Previously, Lada also worked as a reporter and anchor for WITI-TV in Milwaukee and WREX-TV in Rockford, Ill. At WITI, she earned the Best Sportscast 1st Place honor in 2011 from the Wisconsin Broadcasters Association.

Lada is a proud graduate from the Diederich College of Communication with a degree in Broadcast Electronics.

Marquette Women's Basketball Head Coach and MU College of Communication alumna Carolyn Kieger will moderate this event. The Pete and Bonnie Axthelm Memorial Lecture is free and open to the public.

Event Details

  • Wednesday, April 11, 2017, 4 pm
  • Helfaer Theatre

About the Axthelm Memorial Program

The Pete and Bonnie Axthelm Memorial Program was established in 1994 at Marquette University (Milwaukee, Wisconsin) to acknowledge and recognize the life of Pete Axthelm and his sister Bonnie. Every year this program awards a scholarship to an outstanding Marquette journalism student with an expressed interest in sports journalism.

Pete Axthelm was one of America's foremost sports journalists. Although a Yale alum, he created ties to Marquette University while working on his critically acclaimed book, "The City Game," which covers the glory and tragedy of New York basketball. While writing and researching his book, Axthelm sought the expertise of such Marquette notables as Al McGuire, Pat Smith, and Dean Meminger.

During his distinguished career as a sportswriter and columnist for the New York Herald Tribune, Sports Illustrated and Newsweek, Pete established a reputation as a gifted journalist. His knowledge of sports combined with his journalistic skills led him to sports commentator positions for NBC and ESPN.

Bonnie Axthelm was among the highest ranking women at 3M Europe during her lifetime. She began her notable career as a secretary at Media Networks Incorporated, eventually rising through the company to hold the top position of Executive Director of Corporate Marketing and Public Affairs. Bonnie’s name was added to the memorial scholarship in after her death in 1998.

Past Axthelm Scholarship Recipients
Past Axthelm Lecture Speakers
Selected Works by Pete Axthelm