Abigail Baird

Abby Baird is a proud Midwesterner, born and bred in Chicago, IL. Her life follows an arc of re-imagined identities as she has adapted to the changing circumstances of her career and health, diagnosed with P.O.T.S at age 13. Never learning the meaning of 'can't,' Abby graduated from Harvard University in 2008, having studied medieval history and the history of science. Continually writing for The Harvard Crimson about the much under-appreciated sports scene, she found journalism. Abby's sports journalism experience landed her a job with Chicago 2016, the bid to bring the 2016 summer Olympic games to Chicago. Abby was responsible for capturing Chicago’s Olympic spirit and putting it into words. She covered international competitions, but also Chicago’s athletic outreach to inner city kids. Abby is a general assignment reporter, but will always love sports and is currently a freelance features writer for ESPN.


Harvard University
September 2004 - June 2008
Major in Medieval History

Published Stories:

Izzy the Rottweiler competes for dog show championship
Meet Izzy, a Rottweiler bred in Richmond by Linda Orr and Gwen Fresquez of Von Schonheit Rottweilers, as she heads to the Cow Palace to compete for Best in Show.
Bay Area Boxer vies for dog show championship
Meet Forest—or more formally, Gingerbread Black Forest Tradition—and his handler Christine Ghimenti of Paw Prints Boxers, as they compete in the Golden Gate Kennel Club Dog Show, and get a peek into the Bay Area’s dog show scene.
Marijuana in the US: A state-by-state legislative history
Medical marijuana is now legal in 16 states, and during the last election cycle 22 state legislatures considered marijuana-related bills. Reporter Abby Baird has put together an interactive US map showing which states have considered marijuana-related legislation, and how each legislature voted.
After the 2010 elections, where in the US is medical marijuana legal?
Before the November 2010 election, medical marijuana was legal in 14 states and Washington, DC, but nine electoral contests this year put states’ pot laws on the ballot. With this interactive map, reporter Abby Baird breaks down the outcomes of those elections, and reveals where medical marijuana is legal now.
Pot on the California ballot: What passed and what didn't?
This November, eight California counties had marijuana related legislation on their local ballots. Here’s an interactive map showing what passed and what didn’t.
Wrestling, riding, fighting, rolling - this young athlete uses strength and ferocity instead of legs
Oakland 19-year-old Solomon Tyson is a basketball player. A sled hockey player. A cyclist. A wrestler and mixed martial artist. A star of the Bay Area Outreach and Recreation Program. He also has cerebral palsy.
Oakland fireboat Sea-Wolf navigates a murky future
The deck was full of motion. Firefighters were readying each turret, the giant revolving guns that shoot water instead of bullets. The Sea-Wolf has four turrets; one on either side of the boat’s deck, one in the front, and the largest located on top of the boat. The fireboat has the capacity to shoot out 8,000 gallons of water per minute.
Prop 19 proponents throw pot pity party in Oaksterdam lot
A familiar herbal scent filled the air in the Oaksterdam University parking lot Tuesday night as dozens of Proposition 19 supporters heard word that the bill had been defeated.
Despite Election Day loss, Prop 19 campaigners battle on
“The move to end marijuana prohibition is far stronger this morning than it ever has been,” said Stephen Gutwillig, the California director of the Drug Policy Alliance, as members of the Yes on 19 campaign gathered at their headquarters in downtown Oakland early Wednesday following the initiative’s defeat, garnering only 46.1 percent of the vote.
Yes on 19 campaign goes full throttle on Election Day
Prop 19 advocates swung into full gear in downtown Oakland on Tuesday, convening a rally in front of City Hall and calling all volunteers to the Yes on 19 headquarters. The measure would legalize the recreational use of marijuana for people over 21.
Pot Possibilities: Locals imagine a state with legalized marijuana
Oakland North reporters Abby Baird and Teresa Chin asked a former Bay Area police officer, a smoke shop employee, a retired emergency physician, and a Berkeley parent to share their best guesses about what will happen if California passes Proposition 19, the measure to legalize marijuana for recreational use.
Pot by the numbers
These marijuana numbers and statistics can provide an important general overview of what our country is facing with pot and Proposition 19, the California measure to legalize marijuana on the November 2nd ballot. To take you through trivia about drug arrests, marijuana use, and our attitudes about legalization, Oakland North built this interactive overview of doobie data.
Oaklanders not to chicken to try urban farming
They squawk, they eat your scraps, they lay your breakfast, they bathe themselves with dirt: what more could you ask from backyard tenants?
In a yard turned exhibition space, H2O meets art
There’s nothing finer on a Saturday afternoon then a garden full of toilets.


Gwendolyn Brooks Illinois Poet Laureate Award (July 1998)

Work Experience:

Editorial Intern
Playboy Magazine  - Chicago IL  ( May 2011 - August 2011 )
I spent the summer working at Playboy Magazine headquarters in Chicago as an intern in the editorial department. I pitched and helped create a number of front of the book items each month as well as assisted writers research their long-form feature stories for the magazine.
Gala Public Relations
American Theater Company  - Chicago IL  ( October 2009 - May 2010 )
Wrote speeches, letters, auction descriptions and event blurbs for the annual charity gala.
Sports Reporter
World Sport Chicago, the Legacy of Chicago 2016  - Chicago IL  ( October 2008 - January 2010 )
Was the lead sports reporter, covering all sporting events, clinics, awards ceremonies, and more for World Sport Chicago, the Legacy of Chicago 2016.
World Sport Chicago, the Legacy of Chicago 2016  - Chicago IL  ( October 2008 - January 2010 )
Designed, maintained, updated and wrote all content and copy for the World Sport Chicago website.
Sports Editor
Harvard University  - Cambridge MA
Covered men's lacrosse, men's soccer, men's swimming and diving, and women's swimming and diving.
Horoscope Writer
The Harvard Crimson  - Cambridge MA
Wrote twelve original horoscopes for the college paper every day
Fashion Columnist
Freeze College Magazine  - Cambridge MA
Wrote a weekly fashion column for the online Harvard magazine.
Public Relations Intern
Prada  - New York City NY
Created a daily media packet containing all newspaper, magazine, and online Prada references that was distributed to the New York and Milan offices.

Other Works:

World Sport Chicago: The Living Legacy of Chicago 2016   Read more...

Sports Editor