Award-winning journalist Melissa Ludtke reported and wrote for Sports Illustrated and Time and was editor of Nieman Reports at Harvard University. As an author, her books have received wide acclaim. Her upcoming memoir, "Locker Room Talk: A Woman’s Struggle to Get Inside" chronicles her groundbreaking 1978 federal legal case that established equal access for women reporters to report alongside male reporters in Major League Baseball locker rooms. Her judge's decision in Ludtke v. Kuhn opened pathways for generations of young women to work in sports media, though issues revolving around gender equality in this profession are still in play forty years later.

... a distinguished history of fighting for equal opportunities for women sportswriters, deft editing of one of America’s most thoughtful journalism publications, and her conscientious involvement with children.
— Yankee Quill Award committee