Brian Windhorst, also known as "Windy" or "Scoop", (born January 29, 1978) is an American sportswriter for ESPN.com who covers the National Basketball Association (NBA). He was the Cleveland Cavaliers beat writer for the Akron Beacon Journal from 2003 through the summer of 2008, and began to work for Cleveland newspaper The Plain Dealer in October 2008. He moved to ESPN in 2010 after LeBron James left the Cleveland Cavaliers for the Miami Heat.
He picked up the nickname Scoop at the Beacon Journal when he was working as a part-timer. He would bring in news items on local high schools, eventually earning the nickname Scoop.
Windhorst attended high school in Akron, Ohio at St. Vincent - St. Mary High School, the same school that James would later attend, and graduated from Kent State University with a degree in journalism in 2000. Windhorst began covering James during his high school playing career, and began covering the Cavaliers in 2003, the year that James was drafted. While James was the youngest player in the NBA, Windhorst was the youngest traveling NBA beat writer. In 2007 he co-wrote The Franchise: LeBron James and the Remaking of the Cleveland Cavaliers with renowned sports columnist Terry Pluto. His writing at The Plain Dealer was honored by the United States Basketball Writers Association for Best Game Story in 2009, and by the Associated Press.
In 2010, Windhorst left the Plain Dealer for ESPN to cover James' new team, the Miami Heat. Prior to leaving The Plain Dealer, he contributed columns to ESPN.com and made appearances on ESPN First Take. In an interview, Windhorst stated that "obviously LeBron's a huge factor" in his decision to join ESPN, but that the Cavaliers "need to move on" without James.
On October 10, 2014, it was announced that Windhorst would join ESPN Cleveland on WKNR AM 850 in Cleveland to be their Cavaliers beat reporter and analyst, as well as host his own weekly program on sister station WWGK AM 1540. The move followed James' re-signing with the Cavaliers in 2014.
- Pluto, Terry and Windhorst, Brian (2007). The Franchise: LeBron James and the Remaking of the Cleveland Cavaliers. Cleveland, OH: Gray & Company, Publishers. ISBN 978-1-59851-028-7
- Pluto, Terry and Windhorst, Brian (2009). LeBron James: The Making of an MVP. Cleveland, OH: Gray & Company, Publishers. ISBN 978-1-59851-059-1
- Cleveland Cavaliers News (2007). Q&A with Brian Windhorst. Retriever October 8, 2008.
- Kruse, Michael (2010-11-21). "Stories of LeBron and sportswriter intertwined, tangled". St. Petersburg Times (Times Publishing Company).
- McIntyre, Lessa. "An Interview with Brian Windhorst of the Akron Beacon Journal". Retrieved 2008-10-08.
- Plain Dealer staff (2010-02-21). "Plain Dealer reporters Mark Puente and Brian Windhorst win national awards for their work". The Plain Dealer (Advance Publications).
- Smeltz, Nate (October 4, 2010). "ESPN.com to Launch "The Heat Index" Oct. 11". ESPN.com. Retrieved November 5, 2010. "Windhorst will be based in Miami as one of two regular beat writers assigned to the team."
- Vince Grzegorek. "Q&A With Brian Windhorst About his Departure to ESPN". Retrieved 2010-11-04.
- Windhorst joins WKNR/WWGK - ESPN Cleveland.com
- Brian Windhorst on Twitter
- Brian Windhorst ESPN story archive
- "Stories of LeBron and sportswriter intertwined, tangled", St. Petersburg Times, 21 November 2010 - profile of Windhorst by Michael Kruse
- A sample chapter from the book LeBron James: The Making of an MVP by Terry Pluto and Brian Windhorst
- A sample chapter from the book The Franchise by Terry Pluto and Brian Windhorst