LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 13, 2022) — From her time as Miss America to her work as a groundbreaking female co-host on CBS, Phyllis George led an inspirational life and left a legacy of professionalism.
The University Press of Kentucky’s upcoming release, "Phyllis George: Shattering the Ceiling," tells the story of George’s incredible life and chronicles her accomplishments as a beauty queen, professional broadcaster, advocate of the arts, author, philanthropist and First Lady of Kentucky.
George began her career in the early 1970s after winning the national Miss America pageant. The title granted her the opportunity to travel the world and she parlayed her experience into a career in journalism and broadcast media where she built a reputation that would land her a coveted spot in the world of live sports.
As the first female anchor of a major network sports show, George was listed among the National Football League’s (NFL) legendary contributors on their 2019 list of greatest game-changers. In fact, she was the only broadcaster on that list. George’s work helped pave the way for women in sports journalism — a traditionally male-dominated industry — and inspired them to be unwavering in their quest for a seat at the table.
While she experienced her fair share of public scrutiny, George stood as a pillar for female empowerment until her death in 2020.
Whether one knew her personally or only from her time on television, George left a lasting impression of strength, courage, and kindness that endeared her to all.
Written by multi-award-winning author Paul Volponi and Emmy-award-winning television and film writer Lenny Shulman, "Phyllis George: Shattering the Ceiling" hits bookshelves Sept. 20. Published by the University Press of Kentucky, the book is the first biography to be written of George since her death.
More information about the title can be found at KentuckyPress.com.
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