Blackistone in 2012
October 17, 1959 |
|Education||Northwestern University, '81
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.
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. 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.
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. 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. 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. He is currently an independent columnist, and contributes to the iPad-only newspaper The Daily.
On the November 6, 2013 ESPN's "Around The Horn," Blackistone wandered into political ideology during the "Buy Or Sell" segment regarding the Northwestern University's new controversial American flag themed Under Armour football uniforms designed to raise money for the Wounded Warriors Project. Blackistone, not satisfied with "selling" the Northwestern's uniform, delivered a harangue against singing the National Anthem, which he refers to as a "war anthem," before sporting events.
"You should also be selling the rest of the military symbolism embrace of sports. Whether it’s the singing of a war anthem to open every game. Whether it’s going to get a hotdog and being able to sign up for the Army at the same time. Whether it’s the NFL's embrace of the mythology of the Pat Tillman story. It has been going on in sports since the first National Anthem was played in the World Series back in 1917. And it’s time for people to back away….You are conflating a war anthem with a simple game. When you have military flyovers and the military symbolism that goes on in sports, I think you’ve got a problem"
Blackistone did not say whether the NFL should abolish current football jargon for being too militaristic such as, "field general" for the quarterback, "aerial assault" for forward pass, "blitz," "shotgun" for formation, "short bullet" passes, throwing "bombs," etc.
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. 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.
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