NABJ to honor sports writer Michael Wilbon

April 28, 2009

The National Association of Black Journalists has announced that Washington Post columnist Michael Wilbon will be honored with its Lifetime Achievement Award. Wilbon will join other honorees at the Salute to Excellence Awards Gala on Aug. 8 in Tampa.

A sports writer for the Post since 1980, and a columnist since 1990, Wilbon is one of fewer than 10 black columnists at major daily newspapers in America, the NABJ said in a release. Wilbon and then-columnist Tony Kornheiser also were the founding co-hosts of ESPN’s Pardon the Interruption in 2001, now a widely popular a show.

On a personal note, I’ve always admired Wilbon’s reflective writing style in his columns. As a reader, I know that he’s bringing his depth of experience to each argument he makes — whether I agree with him or not. Unlike Kornheiser (and this is not to single him out), he has kept on with his Post columns and allowed us to get to know him as a TV personality and an author....

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