Kevin Blackistone joins Washington Post

Nice addition. Congratulations to Kevin.

From the Post sports editor Matt Vita:

 We are very excited to announce that Kevin Blackistone, a veteran journalist and educator, will be writing regular commentary for the Sports section on topics ranging from our local sports teams to the relationship between sports and major social issues. He’ll also be a contributor to Post TV.

Kevin has a long and distinguished career in journalism and is currently a commentator for ESPN and a regular panelist on ESPN’s popular weekday show, “Around the Horn.” He’s worked as a reporter for the Boston Globe and Dallas Morning News, where he covered national and regional economics for the business section before being named a sports columnist. In addition to his television work for ESPN, Kevin also has written in the digital arena, for AOL Fanhouse, the Daily tablet and the Guardian.com. He’s the author of a 2009 memoir of former NFL player Everson Wall’s decision to become an organ donor for longtime teammate Ron Springs and he has published numerous academic papers on sports topics, many of which have focused on the lives of black athletes.

In recent years, Kevin has served as a teacher and mentor to aspiring journalists as a visiting professor at the Shirley Povich Center for Sports Journalism at the University of Maryland. And as a longtime resident of our area, Kevin is familiar – he might say too familiar – with the trials and tribulations of local professional and college sports teams.

This rich and distinguished background, coupled with Kevin’s thoughtfulness about the issues that matter where sports and society intersect – coupled with his grace as a writer — will provide our readers with a dynamic new voice and perspective.

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