Who Is Allison Williams? ESPN Reporter Joins List of Media Personalities Out Over Mandates

Longtime sports reporter Allison Williams is leaving ESPN over the company's coronavirus vaccine mandate.

Williams, 37, announced her separation from the network in a video posted to Instagram on Friday.

Last month, Williams told viewers that she wouldn't be on the sidelines this season after deciding not to get vaccinated as she and her husband try for a second child. At the time, she said she looked forward to returning to the job.

But in her update on, Williams said her request for accommodation to ESPN's parent company Walt Disney was denied and so she will be departing the company this week.

"In addition to the medical apprehensions regarding my desire to another child in regards to receiving this injection, I am also so morally and ethically not aligned with this," Williams said, "and I've had to really dig deep and analyze my values and my morals, and ultimately I have to put them first."

She added, "Ultimately, I cannot put a paycheck over principle."

Williams, a Michigan native, graduated from the University of Miami in 2006 with a bachelor's degree in communications. She was a reporter for the Miami Dolphins on their GameDay Live program and served as an anchor for South Florida radio station 560 WQAM.

She also covered the state's baseball and hockey teams during her time at Fox Sports Florida, where she worked as a pregame host and sideline reporter.

Williams joined ESPN in March 2011 to cover college football and basketball. According to the network, she moved from Friday night college football games to the Saturday slot on ABC/ESPN in 2016. In that slot, she worked alongside commentator Bob Wischusen and analyst Dan Orlovsky.

When asked about Williams' departure, ESPN told Newsweek: "We aren't going to comment on an individual. We are going through a thorough review of accommodation requests on a case by case basis, and are granting accommodations consistent with our legal obligations. Our focus is on a safe work environment for everyone."

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ESPN sideline reporter Allison Williams is leaving the network over vaccine mandates. Above, Williams is seen at a game between the Florida State Seminoles and the Syracuse Orange at the Carrier Dome on January 28, 2017, in Syracuse, New York. Rich Barnes/Getty Images

Williams' exit from ESPN adds to a growing list of media personalities forced to leave their jobs over vaccine mandates.

Several longtime local on-air reporters were out of a job earlier this month after Gray Television's vaccine mandate went into effect. The company required all staffers to be fully vaccinated against the virus by October 1 or face termination, with limited exceptions for workers with certain medical conditions or religious objections.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has said vaccines are highly effective at preventing severe disease and death from the virus, including the more contagious Delta variant.

The Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine received approval from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in late August.

The CDC is recommending the vaccine for people who are pregnant, breastfeeding or trying to get pregnant. The agency said data suggests that the benefits of receiving a COVID-19 shot outweigh any known or potential risks of vaccination during pregnancy.