Who Was Shirley Povich

Shirley Povich was an award-winning reporter and columnist at The Washington Post for 75 years, from 1923 to 1998, one of the most popular and respected writers in 20th century American journalism. He covered hundreds of major sports events throughout  the transformation of sports news from daily coverage of major U.S. intercollegiate and professional sports events, to the current era of virtual 24/7 global sports reporting and analysis by traditional news media and internet media.

Povich, who died in 1998 at the age of 92 on the day he wrote his last column, worked for The Washington Post for 75 years as a sports columnist and sports editor. He was an eyewitness to many of the most significant sporting events of the 20th century and well- known for his erudite writing and reporting that often examined questions of race, religion and gender.

The University of Maryland maintains the collections of Mr. Povich, including memorabilia, the documentary “Mornings with Shirley Povich,” personal papers and work from his career at The Washington Post.