Episode 013: Jenny Vrentas – How A Biochemistry Major Became One of The Best Football Writers In The Business

Jenny Vrentas is one of the most intelligent people I’ve ever met… I actually sent her a copy of Shane Snow’s book, Smartcuts because I think they have so much in common (both are super smart).  She majored in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at Penn State and was personally picked by Peter King to write for The MMQB… The premier football website in the world.  

Jenny received her Masters in Journalism from Columbia and was hired by The Star Ledger (2007 – 2013).  She was then hired by Peter King and The MMQB (Sports Illustrated) in 2013.


Welcome to Episode 012 with award winning journalist for The MMQB, Jenny Vrentas


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Some Questions I Ask:

  • How does a Bio Chemistry major become a sports journalist?

  • What was it like to be recruited by Peter King for The MMQB and Sports Illustrated?

  • Who are your favorite people to cover? Teams? Coaches?

  • What is your definition of a learning leader?

  • What is your favorite story?


In This Episode, You Will Learn:

  • Why she chose to be a sports writer after going to college to study Bio Chemistry and Molecular Biology

  • About her conversation with Rex Ryan over wings and beer

  • Jenny’s first time covering The Super Bowl

  • Why she wanted to blaze her own trail

  • The process and stories behind how she was recruited by Peter King

  • What her work meetings consist of… how ideas are pitched, etc…


“No matter what path you take, you always want to be an example for other people…  You want to write about something that you will be a takeaway for someone in their life.” – Jenny Vrentas


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Episode 002: How To Take Over And Set Bigger Goals With Chris Brogan


Episode 004: How Todd Wagner (and Mark Cuban) Sold Broadcast.com To Yahoo! For $5.7 Billion


Episode 010: Shane Snow – How To Accelerate Success Using Smart Cuts


Did you enjoy the podcast?

This episode was a lot of fun for me.  I loved getting to know Jenny better and her stories/knowledge were phenomenal.  Who do you know that needs to hear this?  Send them to The Learning Leader Show!


Episode edited by the greatJ Scott Donnell


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