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About Michael Wilbon


By Patrick Donohue and Lindsay Simpson

Michael Wilbon, 55, was born on Nov. 19, 1958 in Chicago, where he later graduated from St. Ignatius College Preparatory School in 1976 and subsequently earned his journalism degree in 1980 from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism. Upon graduation from college, Wilbon began working for The Washington Post, where he had interned the previous summer.

At The Washington Post, he covered college sports, Major League Baseball, the National Football League and the National Basketball Association before becoming a full-time columnist in the winter of 1990. His column was known for being as much about the culture and social impact of sports as it was about the action on the court or field.

In October, 2001, he began co-hosting ESPN’s Pardon the Interruption (PTI) with Post colleague Tony Kornheiser and eventually became one of the hosts on ABC’s NBA Countdown– a pre-game show for their NBA telecasts. He wrote his last column for The Post in December 2010 to work full-time for ESPN and ABC, including writing a column for ESPN’s website.

In his career, he has covered 10 Summer and Winter Olympics, as well as nearly every Final Four, NBA Finals, and Super Bowl.

Some of Wilbon’s career highlights include being named the top sports columnist by the Society of Professional Journalists in 2001, receiving a lifetime achievement award from the National Association of Black Journalists, getting inducted into Medill’s Hall of Fame, and receiving the Eugene Meyer Award, which is the highest honor The Washington Post bestows on its employees. He shared that award with colleagues Thomas Boswell and Kornheiser.

He has also edited and written two books with former NBA star and TV commentator Charles Barkley. Both of the books made the New York Times best- seller list.

Wilbon and his wife Sheryl reside in Bethesda, Md., and Scottsdale, Ariz. They have one child, 5-year-old Matthew, or more commonly referred to by Kornheiser as “Lilbon.” Wilbon enjoys bowling and golf and watching sports. Lots of sports.

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