Reporter and TV personality Kate Fagan to leave ESPN after seven years

ESPN reporter and television personality Kate Fagan confirmed on Twitter on Monday that she is leaving the network after seven years.

Fagan, a feature writer for espnW who regularly appears on several ESPN shows, told The Washington Post in a story published Monday morning that the network offered her a contract extension but she declined, citing her changing interests.

"To continue at ESPN I would have to be immersed in the day-to-day in sports," Fagan told the newspaper, which added that her contract is set to expire at the end of the year. "And I found myself more and more interested in other aspects of sports — like how it connects to our culture. That was not going to be the big business of ESPN."

A former basketball player at Colorado, Fagan got her start as a newspaper reporter and focused on feature-writing after joining ESPN in 2012. More recently, she has become a frequent guest or host on several television programs, including "Around The Horn" and "Outside The Lines."

Fagan wrote on Twitter that she is "not sure what is next, but excited for the challenge." The Washington Post reported that she is working with a production company to develop a new television show and working on a script for a TV series.

ESPN did not immediately reply to a request for comment.

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