George Solomon, Professor of the Practice at the Philip Merrill College of Journalism, is the first director of The Shirley Povich Center for Sports Journalism after teaching sports journalism at the College since 2003 and a career at The Washington Post that spanned from 1972-2008, including a 28-year run (1975-2003) as Sports Editor.
Since the fall of 2003, Solomon has taught journalism at Maryland, first as a visiting professor and then holding the Shirley Povich Chair in sports journalism from 2007-2008. He initiated and continues to run annual workshops for area high school and college students, seminars and the annual Shirley Povich Symposium.
Joining The Post in June of 1972 as a reporter covering the Redskins, he became the assistant sports editor in 1974 and sports editor a year later, holding the position of Assistant Managing Editor/Sports until 2003, becoming the longest-tenured department head in the history of the newspaper. While officially retiring from the newspaper at the end of 2003, he continued to write a Sunday column through 2008.
In July of 2005 he became the first Ombudsman for ESPN—a tour that lasted nearly two years. Also, in 2005, he co-edited with Shirley Povich’s daughter Lynn “All Those Mornings at The Post” – an anthology of the work of the late Mr. Povich—published by Public Affairs Press.
Born in New York City on July 19, 1940, Solomon moved with his family to Miami Beach, Fla., in 1948 and attended schools there until matriculating to the University of Florida in 1958. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Journalism from Florida in 1963, working while in school, for the sports information office and stringing for various newspapers in that state, including the Miami Herald, Miami News and Florida Times Union.
Before joining The Post, Solomon worked for the NCAA publications office, The New York Post, The Fort Lauderdale News and Sun-Sentinel and The Washington Daily News.
Solomon was awarded the Eugene Meyer Award for outstanding service to The Washington Post in 1999 and won the Red Smith Award in 2003 given by the Associated Press Sports Editors for contributions to the field of sports journalism. He also was honored by the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ), the Association of Women in Sports Media and the D.C. Public Schools.
He is a member of the Halls of Fame of the University of Florida College of Journalism, the Florida Alligator campus newspaper and the Greater Washington Jewish Sports Hall of Fame.
At the University of Maryland, Solomon teaches classes in Sports Reporting and Writing as well as Sports and Society and Culture.