You probably know Kevin Blackistone best from his regular appearances on ESPN’s “Around the Horn.” But he’s also a professor of practice at the Philip Merrill College of Journalism at the University of Maryland, a longtime sports columnist (at both the Washington Post, the Dallas Morning-News and more), an author, a contributor to NPR and much more. As he said at the Summit on Communication and Sport, he’s like a NASCAR driver — he has a lot of labels.
Kevin joins Brian to talk about his career in journalism, his origin story growing up in Washington, D.C. and who he read growing up that influenced him to become a journalist. Kevin and Brian discuss how all journalism is advocacy in one form or another as well as what is and is not changing in the sports media landscape.
Kevin describes life as a sports columnist in the 1990s, including his story about the night of Mike Tyson bit off Evander Holyfield’s ear.
Special thanks to Dr. Galen Clavio and The Media School at Indiana University for hosting this week’s episode.
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