Shirell Washington
Shirell Washington
Sports Visual Journalist, Phoenix

Shirell Washington expects to graduate in August 2024 with a master’s degree in sports journalism. Washington has worked for Virginia Wesleyan University Athletic Communications and Arizona State University Stream Team.

Latest from Shirell Washington

From North Philly to Paris: Kahleah Copper’s road to 2024 Olympics a journey of tears, setbacks and success

PHOENIX – Mercury guard Kahleah Copper was selected to the Olympic roster for the first time. The trials she endured leading up to receiving the call makes her appreciate this achievement much more.

Averaging 24 points for the Phoenix Mercury, Kahleah Copper’s outstanding season performance underscores her readiness for the 2024 Olympics. (Photo by Shirell Washington/Cronkite News)

All eyes on Marvin Harrison Jr. as Arizona Cardinals kick off minicamp

TEMPE – As the Cardinals’ offseason winds down, the excitement for the arrival of rookie receiver Marvin Harrison Jr. has continued to rise.

Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray prepares to take snaps during the last practice until preseason camp. (Photo by Shirell Washington/Cronkite News)

‘Voice for the voiceless’: Natasha Cloud, Phoenix Mercury use platform to raise gun safety awareness

PHOENIX — At a Moms Demand Action event in honor of National Gun Violence Awareness Day, the Mercury's Natasha Cloud and members of her team heard emotional stories from gun violence survivors, reinforcing their commitment to advocating for gun reform.

Natasha Cloud, moved by the stories of gun violence survivors, vows to continue her advocacy for safer gun laws. (Photo by Shirell Washington/Cronkite News)

‘I feel free’: Natasha Cloud embraces fresh start, purpose with Phoenix Mercury

PHOENIX – Natasha Cloud was born in Philadelphia and spent her entire WNBA career with the Washington Mystics. Now, one of the league's best passers has found a home on the West Coast. But accepting that she’d be leaving D.C. wasn’t easy.

Phoenix Mercury guard Natasha Cloud settles in Phoenix after spending her first eight WNBA seasons with the Washington Mystics. (Photo by Shirell Washington/Cronkite News)

Magic Johnson pays tribute to Martin Luther King Jr.’s ASU speech with inspiring address, $75,000 donation

PHOENIX – To honor the 60-year anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s speech at Arizona State, the school held its first “Building History: Continuing the Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr” event. Keynote speaker Magic Johnson shared how King’s legacy has impacted his generosity.

Arizona State University Black African Coalition presents 'Fly: The Big Book of Fashion' by Mitchell S. Jackson. (Photo by Shirell Washington/Cronkite News)

Honoring heritage: Mercury’s Diana Taurasi pays homage to roots on Dia Latina amid skid-snapping win

PHOENIX – Phoenix Mercury legend Diana Taurasi discusses growing up in a Latina household, how that shaped her loyalty to Phoenix and how the Valley’s strong Hispanic population has led to her long list of successes.

Phoenix Mercury Diana Taurasi hit seven 3-pointers and scored a season-high 31 points against the Los Angeles Sparks at Footprint Center. (Photo by Shirell Washington/Cronkite News)

Despite first home loss, Phoenix Mercury remain confident as they embark on road trip

PHOENIX – The Phoenix Mercury suffered their first home loss of the season to the Dallas Wings, but they move forward expectantly and encouraged entering their first extended road trip of the season.

Phoenix guard Kahleah Copper sinks a 3-pointer Saturday against Dallas, contributing to her 32-point performancethat helped her surpass 3,000 career points. (Photo by Shirell Washington/Cronkite News)

A Pac of goodbyes: ASU baseball loss likely means end of conference era

SCOTTSDALE – Emotions filled Scottsdale Stadium after Arizona State’s loss to Oregon State in the Pac-12 Baseball Tournament. Coaches and fans mourned the end of the Pac-12 era.

Arizona State outfielder Isaiah Jackson strikes out to end a 3-2 loss in the Pac-12 Baseball Tournament and dash the Sun Devils' hopes of earning an NCAA Tournament berth. (Photo by Shirell Washington/Cronkite News)

ASU’s chances for NCAA baseball tournament bid suffers blow after Stanford loss

SCOTTSDALE – A late rally by Arizona State was not enough Tuesday in the Pac-12 Baseball Tournament. The Sun Devils fell 8-7 and are poised to miss their third straight NCAA Tournament.

Arizona State’s Connor Markl starts the day on the mound and has a solid three innings before giving up a home run to the leadoff batter in the fourth. (Photo by Shirell Washington/Cronkite News)