Michelle Kaufman has been a sportswriter for 27 years. She is a Miami native (Killian '83), graduated from UM in 1987 with a double major in Journalism and English. Her career began at the St. Petersburg Times, where she covered the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and was one of the only women covering the NFL at that time. From there she went to the Detroit Free Press, where she spent seven years before returning home to the Miami Herald in 1996. She has covered 13 Olympics and 5 World Cups. South Africa was her favorite World Cup. Her love of soccer began on the sidelines of K-Land park in Kendall, where she spent many-a-Saturday cheering for her brother, Steve, an outstanding sweeper. Now, she cheers for her daughter's U-14 travel team.