Award-Winning Sports Commentator to Be Next Poynter Fellow

Michael Wilbon, an award–winning columnist for The Washington Post and co–host of ESPN’s daily news/commentary show “Pardon the Interruption,” will come to Yale on Wednesday, February 23, as the next Poynter Fellow in Journalism.

Michael Wilbon, an award–winning columnist for The Washington Post and co–host of ESPN’s daily news/commentary show “Pardon the Interruption,” will come to Yale on Wednesday, February 23, as the next Poynter Fellow in Journalism.

Wilbon will present the Poynter Lecture, which is free and open to the public, at 7:30 p.m. in Sudler Hall of William L. Harkness Hall, 100 Wall St.

Wilbon joined The Washington Post after graduating from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism in 1980. Over the next 10 years his assignments at the Post covered college basketball, college football, Major League baseball, the NBA and the NFL, and in 1990 he became a full–time sports columnist at the paper. Since then Wilbon has commented on the sports news of the day, whether it pertains to games and the people who play them or the larger cultural issues that relate to sports.

He has covered more than 20 NCAA Final Fours, nine Olympic competitions, 17 Super Bowls and numerous other championships in his 25 years at the Post. He has been recognized for his commentary on national competitions by organizations as diverse as the Associated Press Sports Editors, the National Association of Black Journalists and Sigma Delta Chi.

Wilbon’s association with ESPN began in the late 1980s when he appeared regularly on “The Sports Reporters” and continued through the early 1990s, when he was a weekly contributor to the NFL show “Prime Monday.” In October of 2001, Wilbon and Tony Kornheiser began hosting “Pardon the Interruption,”which airs weekdays at 5:30 p.m. Eastern Time.

In addition to writing his column for The Washington Post and hosting the ESPN show, Wilbon has been a weekly contributor to WRC–TV–4 in Washington, D.C. since 1996.

The Poynter Fellowship in Journalism at Yale was established by Nelson Poynter, who received his master’s degree in 1927 from Yale. The fellowship brings to campus journalists who have made significant contributions to their field. Among recent Poynter fellows are Jeff Greenfield, Bob Woodward, Tim Russert, David Brooks, Tom Friedman, Paul Goldberger and Judy Woodruff.

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