Kevin Blackistone is a longtime national sports columnist, a panelist on ESPN’s Around the Horn, an occasional contributor to National Public Radio and co-author of “A Gift for Ron”, a memoir by former NFL star Everson Walls published in November 2009 about his kidney donation to one-time teammate Ron Springs.
Blackistone is a former sports columnist for AOL Fanhouse from October 2007 to March 2011 and an award-winning sports columnist for The Dallas Morning News from September 1990 to September 2006.
In 1981, he started his journalism career in earnest as a city reporter at The Boston Globe. In 1983, he moved to Chicago to write for The Chicago Reporter, a monthly investigative magazine on Chicago’s racial and social issues. In 1986, Blackistone joined The Dallas Morning News as a general assignment reporter on the city desk before joining the business page where he covered economics for several years.
In 1990, after covering Nelson Mandela’s U.S. tour, Blackistone moved to the sports page where over the next 16 years he covered the Summer Olympics, Super Bowl, Wimbledon, the World Cup, the Tour de France, the British Open, the NBA Finals, Final Four, national college football championship, NFL playoffs, Major League Baseball playoffs, world championship boxing matches and other events more than once.
From 2007 to 2011, he wrote a sports column for AOL Fanhouse, opining from Africa’s first World Cup that was held in South Africa in 2010 as well as from Vancouver for the 2010 Winter Olympics. For three years in the late ’90s, he also wrote the sports column at Emerge, a monthly review of politics and culture that Time magazine hailed as an “uncompromising voice that made [it] the nation’s best black news magazine.”
Blackistone is a recipient of numerous awards, including awards for sports column writing from the Texas Associated Press Managing Editors, for investigative reporting from the Chicago Newspaper Guild, and for enterprise reporting from the National Association of Black Journalists. Blackistone was a Davenport Fellow at the University of Missouri and a Wharton Business Journalism Fellow at the University of Pennsylvania. He was a Martin Luther King Fellow at Boston University as a graduate student.
Blackistone is on the board of directors of the Society for Features Journalism Foundation and he serves on the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication’s Task Force on Recruiting for Academic Diversity.
He has taught Special Topics in News Writing and Reporting: Sports Reporting and Writing and Special Topics in Journalism: Sports Journalism and Social Change at the University of Maryland.