Sports Journalists of Color 2012

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For the month of July 2012, The Maynard Institute for Journalism Education celebrates 31 exceptional sports journalists of color. 

The curated list of sports journalists chosen for our feature is worthy of celebration and further study, which our short profiles hope to encourage. Included are journalists, trailblazers and change makers, who have played a role in both integrating sports and shaping the contours of the conversation around sports.

These individuals also remind us that sports are much more than games, they are also proxies for difficult cultural conversations that frequently serve as bridges to span the rifts in our society.

This is by no means a definitive or exhaustive listing. It’s a starting point for learning, comment and discussion that coincides with the Olympic Games in London happening in late July. Be heard. Tell us what you think and what we can learn by sending a message to!

Stephen A. Smith
June 30, 2012
A native of Hollis, Queens, who built his foundation as a journalist over the course of 14 years in New York and Philadelphia, Stephen A. Smith, once widely recognized as one of the most popular voices on ESPN, is still one of the preeminent voices... more »
Lisa Wilson
July 1, 2012
Lisa Wilson, a former beat writer covering the Buffalo Bills in the 1990s, is the sports editor of The Buffalo News.Wilson is the first woman to be sports editor at The News and the only black woman to lead a sports department at a metropolitan... more »
Dexter Rogers
July 2, 2012
Dexter Rogers is National Sports Columnist with He's been a published writer for 16 years in various newspapers across the Midwest. He's covered NFL, NBA, and Major League Baseball for the past three years. Rogers has also covered the... more »
Joe Bostic
July 3, 2012
Joseph Bostic, was a newspaperman, broadcaster and promoter who fought against racism in the sports world.Jackie Robinson broke baseball's color barrier in 1947 when he was signed to a Brooklyn Dodger contract by Branch Rickey. Two years earlier, Mr... more »
Jemele Hill
July 4, 2012
Jemele Hill joined ESPN in November 2006 as a national columnist on who also makes regular appearances on television, including SportsCenter, ESPN First Take, Jim Rome is Burning, and Outside the Lines.Before joining ESPN, Hill worked as a... more »
Bryan Chu
July 5, 2012
Bryan Chu is a multi-award winning journalist who worked as a Lakers reporter for and as a sports and criminal justice reporter for Hearst Corporation. A graduate of UCLA, Chu is currently pursuing his MBA in brand management at the Indiana... more »
Danny Torres
July 6, 2012
Bronx native, Danny Torres is a high school teacher, an avid baseball fan and freelance sports journalist. Besides his work with, he has written for, the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y, the N.Y. Mets, the... more »
Leon Carter
July 7, 2012
Leon Carter is the executive editor of ESPN New York. Carter was formerly a sports editor at the New York Daily News. Carter currently serves as co-director of the Sports Journalism Institute, which since 1993 has been dedicated to helping women and... more »
Lacy J. Banks
July 8, 2012
Lacy J. Banks was an unconventional pioneer.He was a trailblazer as the first full-time African-American sportswriter for the Sun-Times, a job that led him to cover seven world championships involving Chicago teams.He was a Baptist preacher for... more »
Sunnie Clahchischiligi
July 9, 2012
Sunnie Clahchischiligi is a freelance writer and a former reporter for the Osage News. Before joining the News she worked for two and a half years as a sportswriter for the Navajo Times in Window Rock, Ariz. Clahchischiligi held internships at The... more »