Howard Bryant speaking at the University of Massachusetts, 2012
November 25, 1968 |
|Education||Temple University, '91
San Francisco State University, '93
|Occupation||Sports journalist, author, television personality|
Howard "Howie" Bryant (born November 25, 1968) is an American author, sports journalist, and radio and television personality. He writes weekly columns for ESPN.com and ESPN The Magazine, ESPN, and appears regularly on ESPN Radio. He is a frequent panelist on The Sports Reporters and since 2006 has been the sports correspondent for Weekend Edition with Scott Simon on National Public Radio.
A native of Boston, Bryant began his career in 1991 with the Oakland Tribune covering sports and technology, before moving to the San Jose Mercury News from 1995 to 2001. In San Jose, Bryant covered the telecommunications industry before returning to sports to cover the Oakland Athletics. He then reported for the Bergen Record from 2001 to 2002, covering the New York Yankees, before joining the Boston Herald as a columnist from 2002 to 2005. Bryant left the Herald for the Washington Post, where he covered the Washington Redskins from 2005 to 2007. He joined ESPN in August 2007.
In 2002, Bryant published his first book, Shut Out: A Story of Race and Baseball in Boston, which won the CASEY Award for the best baseball book of 2002 and was a finalist for the Society for American Baseball Research's Seymour Medal. In 2005, he published Juicing the Game: Drugs, Power, and the Fight for the Soul of Major League Baseball, which was New York Times Notable Book of 2005. The Last Hero: A Life of Henry Aaron was published in 2010, which also won the CASEY Award and was a New York Times Notable Book of 2010.
On February 26, 2011, Bryant was arrested in Buckland, Massachusetts on charges including domestic assault and resisting arrest. He was released on $5,000 bail later that day, and plead not guilty to assaulting his wife, Veronique. On May 27, 2011, charges against Bryant were dropped after he agreed to serve six months of pretrial probation. An agreement signed by Bryant's attorney Buz Eisenberg and prosecutor Jeremy C. Bucci stated that "a review of the evidence does not support the witness allegations that Bryant struck and choked his wife or inflicted violence upon her", although Bryant admits police had probable cause to arrest him. Bryant also apologized for giving the impression that race played a part in the actions of police.
- Shut Out: A Story of Race and Baseball in Boston (2003) ISBN 0807009792
- Juicing the Game: Drugs, Power, and the Fight for the Soul of Major League Baseball (2006) ISBN 0452287413
- The Last Hero: A Life of Henry Aaron (2010) ISBN 0307279928
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