LZ Granderson

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LZ Granderson
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Granderson moderates a discussion for New America in 2015
Elzie Lee Granderson[1]

(1972-03-11) March 11, 1972 (age 51)
Alma materWestern Michigan University
SpouseSteve Huesing (married 2016–present)

Elzie Lee "LZ" Granderson (born March 11, 1972)[2] is an American journalist and former actor, currently writing for the Los Angeles Times as a sports and culture columnist. He was a senior writer and columnist for ESPN The Magazine, a co-host of SportsNation on ESPN, afternoon co-host at ESPN LA 710 and a columnist for CNN.[3] Granderson was named the Los Angeles Times Sports and Culture Columnist in January 2019.[4]

Granderson has contributed to the channel's SportsCenter, Outside the Lines, Around the Horn, and ESPN's First Take and commentates for ESPN's coverage of the US Open tennis tournament.[5] He has also hosted the web-based ESPN360 talk show GameNight. Granderson has appeared as a color commentator for CBS Sports during their coverage of World TeamTennis.[6]

Granderson is a former fellow of the Institute of Politics at the University of Chicago and the Hechinger Institute at Columbia University, as well as a columnist for ABC News.[7]

Early life and education[edit]

Granderson was born and raised in Detroit, where he developed a passion for basketball and the National Basketball Association. He graduated from Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, Michigan.


Granderson acted in the 1992 movie Zebrahead, which was set in his hometown of Detroit, playing the supporting role of Larry. He also played the supporting role of Arch Carrouthers in the 1996 Sidney Poitier TV movie To Sir, with Love II.[8]

He was a co-host on the talk show pilot Joan Rivers' Straight Talk. Before he moved to ESPN and Page 2, he was a sportswriter at The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and a columnist at The Grand Rapids Press.[9][10][11]

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. In June 2015, he joined ABC News as a contributor in a variety of programming across the ABC News platform.[12]

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 of the United States Barack Obama, based on comments from a speech Nugent gave.[13] On June 27, 2012, Granderson published a controversial[14][15][16] 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 Lieutenant Colonel 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.[17]

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.[18]

On January 28, 2016, Granderson made his debut on the ESPN program Around the Horn, losing in the "Showdown" portion of the episode to Jackie MacMullan.[19]

In January 2019, Granderson was named the Los Angeles Times' Sports and Culture Columnist.[20] This role was created for him and will exemplify the "sectionality of sports and society [and] politics and culture."[21]

Awards and recognition[edit]

Granderson was the 2009 winner of the GLAAD Award for online journalism and was nominated for the award again in 2010. He received a GLAAD Award in 2022 for his ABC News podcast, Life Out Loud with LZ Granderson.[22]

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.[23] Granderson is also on the Board for Los Angeles-based company LGBTQ Loyalty.[24]

Personal life[edit]

In a 2012 column for CNN.com, Granderson openly stated that he was gay.[25] Granderson has one son, Isaiah, from his previous marriage to a woman.[26]

Granderson's husband Steve Huesing is PetSmart's VP of Planning and interim president of Chicago's Marriage Equality USA.[27] When the two were married in 2016, ESPN showed pictures of his wedding on SportsNation, the show he was a co-host on. [28] Granderson spoke about this moment on the LGBTQ&A podcast saying, "I really don't recall anyone else at ESPN who married their same-sex partner having those pictures up on the network prior to that day...I had to believe that there was a queer kid out there working in a bar, maybe not even having the volume on, glancing up and seeing that on ESPN. I know what that would've done for me."[29]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Class Descriptions - Northwestern University".
  2. ^ "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.
  3. ^ Granderson, L. Z. (February 18, 2019). "Struggling to make sense of the Jussie Smollett story". CNN. Retrieved February 18, 2019.
  4. ^ "Los Angeles Times Names LZ Granderson Sports and Culture Columnist". Los Angeles Times. January 8, 2009. Retrieved January 11, 2019.
  5. ^ Dickey, Jack (April 13, 2012). "ESPN Is Shuttering Page 2". Deadspin. Retrieved February 18, 2019.
  6. ^ "CBS To Air Star-Studded Philadelphia Freedoms vs. Vegas Rollers Match Live July 21, 4-6 PM ET". World TeamTennis. May 21, 2019. Retrieved June 21, 2019.
  7. ^ Granderson, L. Z. (February 18, 2019). "Struggling to make sense of the Jussie Smollett story". CNN. Retrieved February 18, 2019.
  8. ^ "L.Z. Granderson - IMDb". IMDb. Retrieved June 16, 2018.
  9. ^ Tcheyan, Max (November 18, 2008). "The B/R Interview: LZ Granderson". Bleacher Report. Retrieved April 19, 2011.
  10. ^ Granderson, LZ (May 14, 2010). "The late Gary Bond, friend and mentor". ESPN.com. Retrieved April 19, 2011.
  11. ^ Granderson, LZ (February 8, 2007). "Another ex-athlete comes out? Not impressed". ESPN. Retrieved June 11, 2009.
  12. ^ "LZ Granderson Joins ABC News - ABC News". ABC News.
  13. ^ Granderson, LZ (April 18, 2012). "Ted Nugent should be in jail". CNN.com. Retrieved April 28, 2012.
  14. ^ 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.
  15. ^ Rothman, Noah (June 27, 2012). "CNN Contributor LZ Granderson: 'Don't Be Nosy About Fast And Furious'". mediaite.com. Retrieved July 5, 2012.
  16. ^ Benson, Kris (June 27, 2012). "CNN Typist LZ Granderson Simply Does Not Care for Investigative Reporting". wonkette.com. Retrieved July 5, 2012.
  17. ^ Granderson, LZ (June 27, 2012). "Don't be nosy about Fast and Furious". CNN.com. Retrieved June 28, 2012.
  18. ^ "Jason Collins says he's gay". ESPN. April 29, 2013. Retrieved April 29, 2013.
  19. ^ LZ Granderson [@Locs_n_Laughs] (January 28, 2016). "Thanks all for the support, had a great time on @AroundtheHorn despite Jackie's beat down. See ya mañana @TonyReali" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  20. ^ Zeigler, Cyd (January 8, 2019). "LZ Granderson is new sports columnist for the Los Angeles Times". OutSports. Retrieved January 11, 2019.
  21. ^ Jones, Tom (January 9, 2019). "LA Times snags LZ Granderson as new sports and culture columnist". Poynter. Retrieved January 11, 2019.
  22. ^ "The Nominees for the 33rd Annual GLAAD Media Awards". GLAAD. September 15, 2021. Retrieved March 19, 2022.
  23. ^ "Staff and Board". You Can Play Project. Retrieved June 22, 2012.
  24. ^ "Board of Directors". LGBTQ Loyalty.
  25. ^ Granderson, LZ (June 8, 2012). "No Contradiction: I'm Black and Gay". CNN. Retrieved June 8, 2012.
  26. ^ "Profile: ESPN, CNN journalist LZ Granderson". January 8, 2012.
  27. ^ "Steve Huesing, Interim President - Chicago, IL".
  28. ^ "Thanks everyone for all of the well wishes. #married". www.instagram.com. Retrieved January 26, 2022.
  29. ^ "LZ Granderson: The Sports World Is (Slowly) Becoming More Inclusive". www.advocate.com. February 1, 2022. Retrieved March 19, 2022.