March 11, 1972
Detroit, Michigan, U.S.
|Education||Western Michigan University|
Elzie "LZ" Granderson (born March 11, 1972) is an American journalist and commentator for CNN and ESPN. He writes a weekly column for CNN.com. A senior writer and columnist for ESPN The Magazine and ESPN.com's Page 2, he has contributed to the channel's SportsCenter, Outside the Lines and ESPN First Take and commentates for ESPN's coverage of the U.S. Open tennis tournament. He has also hosted the web-based ESPN360 talk show Game Night.
Life and career
Granderson's writings for Page 2 usually center on the social and human aspects of sports. He writes about his own personal struggles, the life of athletes, and occasionally provides social commentary. He submits two articles weekly for Page 2 and writes a weekly op-ed column on CNN.com.
On April 18, 2012, Granderson wrote an opinion article titled "Ted Nugent should be in jail" for the online CNN website, accusing rock musician Ted Nugent of threatening the life of President Barack Obama, based on comments from a speech Nugent gave. On June 27, 2012, Granderson published a controversial opinion article titled "Don't be nosy about Fast and Furious" for CNN's website, accusing the American public of being too nosy about the way their government functions, saluting disgraced Lt. Col Oliver North for "taking one for the team" in his role in the Iran-Contra affair, and suggesting that illegal acts by government officials taken in the name of protecting the public should be hidden from public and legal scrutiny.
In a column for CNN.com, Granderson openly stated that he was gay. In 2013, he defended NBA center Jason Collins' decision to announce himself as the first openly gay male professional athlete in a major North American Sport.
Awards and honors
Granderson was the 2009 winner of the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation award for online journalism, and was nominated for the award again in 2010. He is also a 2008 and 2010 honoree of the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association for column writing, and a member of the Advisory Board for You Can Play, a campaign dedicated to fighting homophobia in sports.
- "Profile: ESPN, CNN journalist LZ Granderson". Grand Rapids Press. January 8, 2012. Retrieved April 15, 2014. "LZ is a shortened version of a family name that goes back several generations: Elzie."
- Tcheyan, Max (November 18, 2008). "The B/R Interview: LZ Granderson". Bleacher Report. Retrieved April 19, 2011.
- Granderson, LZ (May 14, 2010). "The late Gary Bond, friend and mentor". ESPN.com. Retrieved April 19, 2011.
- Granderson, LZ (February 8, 2007). "Another ex-athlete comes out? Not impressed". ESPN.com. Retrieved June 11, 2009.
- Martin, Jen (April 12, 2011). "CNN Opinion deepens bench of contributors with ESPN's LZ Granderson". CNN.com. Retrieved May 1, 2011.
- Granderson, LZ (April 18, 2012). "Ted Nugent should be in jail". CNN.com. Retrieved April 28, 2012.
- Limbaugh, Rush (June 27, 2012). "LZ Granderson and David Brooks: Don't Be Nosy, Just Shut Up and Follow Obama". rushlimbaugh.com. Retrieved July 5, 2012.
- Rothman, Noah (June 27, 2012). "CNN Contributor LZ Granderson: 'Don't Be Nosy About Fast And Furious'". mediaite.com. Retrieved July 5, 2012.
- Benson, Kris. "CNN Typist LZ Granderson Simply Does Not Care for Investigative Reporting". wonkette.com. Retrieved July 5, 2012.
- Granderson, LZ (June 27, 2012). "Don't be nosy about Fast and Furious". CNN.com. Retrieved June 28, 2012.
- Granderson, LZ (June 8, 2012). "No Contradiction: I'm Black and Gay". CNN.com. Retrieved June 8, 2012.
- "Jason Collins says he's gay". ESPN.com. April 29, 2013. Retrieved April 29, 2013.
- "Staff and Board". You Can Play Project. Retrieved June 22, 2012.