Sports Journalists of Color 2012
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 firstname.lastname@example.org!
July 1, 2012A 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 »
July 2, 2012Lisa 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 »
July 3, 2012Dexter Rogers is National Sports Columnist with Examiner.com. 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 »
July 4, 2012Joseph 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 »
July 5, 2012Jemele Hill joined ESPN in November 2006 as a national columnist on ESPN.com 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 »
July 6, 2012Bryan Chu is a multi-award winning journalist who worked as a Lakers reporter for NBA.com 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 »
July 7, 2012Bronx native, Danny Torres is a high school teacher, an avid baseball fan and freelance sports journalist. Besides his work with Latinosports.com, he has written for MLB.com, the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y, the N.Y. Mets, the... more »
July 8, 2012Leon 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 »
July 9, 2012Lacy 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 »
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