Amy Gutierrez, known to many in the baseball community as Amy G, is an Emmy award-winning sports journalist and Bay Area native. This season marks her 10th year covering the San Francisco Giants, where she is the in-game reporter for NBC Sports Bay Area.
Gutierrez is a best-selling children’s book author who’s first book Smarty Marty’s Got Game, was released in 2013. The follow-up, Smarty Marty’s Official Gameday Scorebook, was published in 2015 and is an instructional scorebook. On Tuesday, April 4, publisher Cameron + Company released Gutierrez’s latest, Smarty Marty Steps Up Her Game.
We asked Gutierrez about her career as a sports journalist and author, as well as her advice for women that would like to enter the sports media industry.
CC: What inspired you to pursue a career in sports media?
CC: Many people reach a tipping point where they stay the course and move forward or choose to walk away. Have you ever reached that point during your career? If so, how did you keep going?
CC: You’re entering your 10th year of covering the San Francisco Giants. What are some of your favorite experiences during that time?
CC: You’re a well-accomplished producer, author, and reporter. Do you have any professional goals that you would like to attain?
CC: On Tuesday, April 4, your latest children’s book Smarty Marty Steps Up Her Game is being released. What was your inspiration?
Marty is named after my grandmother, Martha, who loved the game of baseball. We created the character in 2012 for the original picture book, Smarty Marty’s Got Game because it was time a girl was the one explaining and loving America’s Pastime. The new book continues with Marty, now a little older, and her adventures in and challenges with a male dominated field. We tackle gender issues, bullying and how, at a young age stereotypes and gender expectations can motivate someone or stop their forward progress. It seemed to be a good time to present the importance of embracing difficult situations in which one may fail, but ultimately will prevail because of his/her resiliency.