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Michael Wilbon

Michael Wilbon (BSJ80) is a member of the inaugural class of the Medill Hall of Achievement of 1997.

Wilbon is a featured columnist for and He is the longtime co-host of "Pardon the Interruption" on ESPN and appears on the "NBA Sunday Countdown" pregame show on ABC, in addition to ESPN. Wilbon had a 30-year career at The Washington Post, including 20 years as a sports columnist. He has covered many of the world’s biggest sporting events, from the Summer and Winter Olympics to the NBA Finals to the Super Bowl.

In 2001 Wilbon was named the top sports columnist by the Society of Professional Journalists. He co-authored a book with Charles Barkley titled “Who’s Afraid of a Large Black Man,” and wrote the introduction to Barkley’s “I May Be Wrong, But I Doubt It.”

In 2009 he was recognized with the Lifetime Achievement Award by the National Association of Black Journalists. In 2010, Wilbon delivered the Northwestern University commencement address.