Twelfth Shirley Povich Symposium


Twelfth Shirley Povich Symposium
Nov 3, 2017

Some of the best sports journalists in America will gather to discuss the big issues in sports on Tuesday, Nov. 7, for the 12th annual Shirley Povich Symposium.

The Symposium will meet in the Riggs Alumni Center at 7 p.m.

Shirley Povich, the legendary sports writer for the Washington Post, is honored every year with the symposium. His son Maury Povich, the host of the talk show Maury, will host as he does every year.

The panelists for this year’s Symposium are Bob Costas of NBC Sports; Christine Brennan of USA Today, CNN and ABC News; and Tony Kornheiser and Michael Wilbon, the co-hosts of “Pardon the Interruption” on ESPN.

Costas was the prime-time host of 12 Olympic games, from 1992 to 2016. He is considered one of the greatest sports broadcasters ever, and has covered every major sport. He currently does play-by-play for MLB Network. Costas was featured at the first-ever Symposium in 2003.

Brennan is a pioneer for women in sports journalism, the first female sports reporter at the Miami Herald in 1981, the first woman to cover the Washington Redskins for the Washington Post in 1985, and the first president of the Association for Women in Sports Media. She is currently one of the top sports columnists in the nation, and in an active member of the Shirley Povich Center Advisory Board.

One half of the highly successful Pardon the Interruption, Kornheiser is a former columnist for The Washington Post as well as the host of his podcast, The Tony Kornheiser Show. He was the analyst for ESPN’s “Monday Night Football” from 2006 to 2008. This will be his second time as a panelist for the Symposium.

The other half of PTI, Michael Wilbon also wrote for the Washington Post for years, leaving in 2010 to work full-time for ESPN and ABC. In addition to Pardon the Interruption, Wilbon is a member of ABC’s “NBA Countdown.” This will be his sixth appearance at the Povich Symposium.

The event it free and open to the public.



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