Kevin Blackistone

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Kevin Blackistone
Kevin Blackistone 2012.jpg
Blackistone in 2012
Born (1959-10-17) October 17, 1959 (age 54)
Washington, D.C.
Education Northwestern University, '81
B.S., Journalism
Occupation Sports columnist
Radio host
Television host
Professor

Kevin Bruce Blackistone (born October 17, 1959) is a sports journalist and professor, as well as a frequent panelist for ESPN's Around the Horn and for Comcast's Redskins Postgame Live. On radio, he appears as a frequent guest co-host on the Sports Reporters on DC's ESPN980. As of January 10, 2013, Blackistone has 167 wins in 675 appearances on Around the Horn.

Career[edit]

Blackistone was born in Washington, D.C. and raised in Hyattsville, Maryland. He is a graduate of Our Lady of Good Counsel High School.

Blackistone started his career in journalism as a city side reporter at The Boston Globe newspaper in 1981, after graduating from Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism.[1] In 1983, he wrote for The Chicago Reporter, a monthly investigative magazine on Chicago's racial and social issues. In 1986, Blackistone joined The Dallas Morning News as a reporter in the City section; he later moved to the Business section covering economics, and the Metropolitan section covering city events and issues.[1]

After covering Nelson Mandela's U.S. tour in 1990, moved to SportsDay to cover sports business and write columns. A year later, he became a full-time SportsDay columnist. He continued until September 2006, when Blackistone was one of 111 journalists to accept a buyout offer from the News, forcing his departure from the newspaper on September 15, 2006.[2] Editor Bob Mong, in an article on the buyouts, wrote of Blackistone: "His thoughtful and probing journalism almost always stimulated response from readers, and, in this hyper-busy world, that's saying something."

Blackistone recently has served as a contributing writer to the web site Politico.com.[3] He served as a columnist for the sports–oriented website FanHouse from October 2007 – March 2011; Blackistone left the website when it was bought by the Sporting News.[1][4] He is currently an independent columnist, and contributes to the iPad-only newspaper The Daily.[1]

In August 2008, he accepted the position of the Shirley Povich chair of the Philip Merrill College of Journalism at the University of Maryland, where he now teaches sports journalism.[1]


Awards[edit]

Blackistone's several honors include first- and second-place awards for sports column writing from the Texas Associated Press Managing Editors (APME), a Chicago Newspaper Guild award for investigative reporting, and a National Association of Black Journalists award for enterprise reporting.[1] He was also a member of a team that won a Texas APME award and, several times, a finalist for a Press Club of Dallas Katie Award.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f "Kevin Blackistone". merrill.umd.edu. Philip Merrill College of Journalism, University of Maryland. Retrieved 12 August 2012. 
  2. ^ Brass, Kevin. "'Dallas Morning News' editorial staff members leap for buyouts; and 'Austin Student' publisher says 'vendetta' by former UT boss partially drove her to sell her weekly paper". austinchronicle.com. Retrieved 12 August 2012. 
  3. ^ "10 Questions With Kevin Blackistone". realclearsports.com. RealClearSports. Retrieved 12 August 2012. 
  4. ^ "Sources: Kevin Blackistone Spurns Sporting News". sportsbybrooks.com. Retrieved 12 August 2012. 

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