ESPN columnist works to ‘find out what made the winner and loser in the game’

ESPN columnist Michael Wilbon spoke at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication on Wednesday, Jan. 28.

Mr. Wilbon, who was in Arizona covering the Super Bowl for ESPN, was interviewed by Leonard Downie Jr., a professor at the school and former colleague of Mr. Wilbon’s at the Washington Post.

Mr. Wilbon spoke fondly of his career covering sports and of his time working with Mr. Downie Jr. Both journalists put great emphasis during the interview on behind the scenes work as journalists.

“You’re going to find news by showing up,” Mr. Downie Jr.

Mr. Wilbon gave a glimpse into what motivates him as a sports journalist.

“I care to find out what made the winner and loser in the game,” he said.

Brett Holzhauer, 20, and Cody Callahan, 22, attended the event.

“It’s remarkable, Michael Wilbon’s perspective on race and culture in sports, he captures the crowd really well,” Mr. Holzhauer said.

Editor’s note: Greg Freitas is a journalism student at the ASU Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and wrote the article as a class assignment.




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