Peabody-winning journalist Julie DiCaro is a recovering attorney and current sports radio host and sportswriter in Chicago, IL, and is the author of such pieces as The Dangers of the Cool Girl Ideal, Threats, Vitriol, Hate: The Ugly Truth About Women in Sports Media, My Astoundingly Typical Rape, How NOT to Talk About The Patrick Kane Rape Allegations, and Why You Just Can't Ignore the Trolls. She has written for outlets such as the New York Times, Washington Post, Deadspin, Vice Sports, and Huffington Post.
DiCaro was raised in rural northern Illinois, and attended Indiana University, graduating in 1995 with degrees in journalism and French. She went on to study law at DePaul University College of Law. After graduating law school in 1998, she practiced law for more than a decade, concentrating on representing the marginalized. After working as a public defender, DiCaro went on to represent domestic violence victims in obtaining orders of protection and divorce cases.
In 2006, DiCaro started the popular Chicago Cubs blog, a League of Her Own, which was subsequently picked up by the Chicago Tribune and led to her amassing a large Twitter following. In 2012, she was hired by the Tribune to oversee the paper's burgeoning blog network. A regular fixture in Chicago sports commentary, DiCaro moved to sports talk radio in 2014, serving as a host and update anchor for WGN's nascent 87.7 The Game. In 2015, she moved on to 670 The Score, the top-ranked sports station in Chicago, where she hosts several times a week, and has a regular show on weekends with sportswriter Maggie Hendricks the Julie and Maggie Show, She is currently the only woman regularly hosting local sports radio in Chicago.
In addition to writing and broadcasting, DiCaro travels the country speaking to students and faculty about the role of women in the media, sports and social justice, and online harassment. She is a frequent guest on local and national television to discuss issues of sexism and social justice in sports. DiCaro continues to battle online abuse publicly and uses her vast social media presence to bring awareness to the issue.