BATON ROUGE, LA (LOCAL33) (FOX44) – She left her mark on the hearts of many in our community. She was a hard hitting sports reporter, an advocate for young women in sports, a loving wife and friend.
Carley McCord, a local beloved sports reporter was a force to be reckoned with.
“Someone described her as a force of nature, and I think that’s a pretty good description,” said Ronnie Rants, CEO Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame.
McCord tragically died in a plane crash in Lafayette, Louisiana. She was just 30-years-old.
“We definitely want to remember her because she was special,” said Jacob Hester, 104.9 ESPN Radio Host.
She was known for her hard hitting sports career. Working for WDSU in New Orleans, the New Orleans Saints and Pelicans, Sideline Reporter for ESPN and Cox Sports. She even worked with the Cleveland Browns early in her career. Her work ethic was unmatched.
“She was just a grinder and worked every single job, like Ronnie said, and had this bright light about her. When she walked in the room, she was the light in the room,” Hester said.
A light that captivated the hearts of many, on and off the field. She was a 2 time runner up in the Miss Louisiana pageant, and held many of local titles.
“She was always willing to give up herself to help others, and that is something I’m forever grateful for,” said Laryssa Bonacquisti, Miss Louisiana 2017.
She was an advocate for young women, especially those looking into sports reporting.
Local female journalists shared their experiences with McCord saying she was always looking to help the next woman in line.
Her impact can still be felt today.
“In my heart and the hearts of everyone she impacted, she’s still with us,” said Bonacquisti.
In the wake of her passing many are remembering her final words.
In a post on Instagram McCord left this final message.
“Only rainbows after rain, the sun will always come again”
It’s a phrase that captures the light she shined on the hearts of our community.