Young sports journalists who could be columnists

Dave Kindred asked a few friends to help him compile a list of twenty newspaper people under age 40 who could be sports columnists. “In an hour, I had 27 names,” he writes. “In a day, my list carried 45 names.”

Some of these people may be over 40, some may be columnists, and some have moved out of sports. Still, the list was instructive because the people on it – if I trust my sources, and I do – are young, good, and committed to journalism, be it done in newsprint or on a website.

Here they are — alphabetically — with their Twitter feeds linked to their names:

Rachel Bachman

Kent Babb, Kansas City Star; Rachel Bachman, Wall Street Journal; Judy Battista, New York Times; Amalie Benjamin, Boston Globe; Greg Bishop, New York Times; Ben Bolch, Los Angeles Times; Sam Borden, New York Times;

John Branch, New York Times; Jerry Brewer, Seattle Times; Scott Cacciola, Wall Street Journal; Nathan Fenno, Washington Times; Mike Garafolo, Newark Star-Ledger; Jason Gay, Wall Street Journal; Rachel George, Orlando Sentinel; Israel Gutierrez, Miami Herald;

Chico Harlan, Washington Post; Baxter Holmes, Los Angeles Times; David Hough, Chicago Sun-Times [I think they mean David Haugh, Chicago Tribune]; Patrick Hruby, Washington Times; Lindsay H. Jones, Denver Post; Adam Kilgore, Washington Post; Michael Kruse, Tampa Bay Times; Michael Lee, Washington Post;

Stefanie Loh, Harrisburg Patriot-News; Juliet Macur, New York Times; Rick Maese, Washington Post; Brady McCollough, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette; Sam Mellinger, Kansas City Star; Jeff Miller, Orange County Register; Ben Montgomery, Tampa Bay Times;

John Niyo

Brian Murphy, Idaho Statesman; John Niyo, Detroit News; Bill Oram, Salt Lake Tribune; Steve Politi, Newark Star-Ledger; Eric Prisbell, Washington Post; Jason Quick, Portland Oregonian; Ian Rapoport, Boston Herald; Josh Robbins, Orlando Sentinel; Eli Saslow, Washington Post; Dave Sheinen, Washington Post; Ethan Skolnik, Palm Beach Post; Brian T. Smith, Salt Lake Tribune; Dan Steinberg, Washington Post; Barry Svrluga, Washington Post; and Pete Thamel, New York Times.

* An optimistic outlook of sports journalism’s future



  1. Alex Parker said:

    Sam Mellinger is already a columnist at the Star. I’ll add Jesse Temple of FoxSportsWisconsin.

  2. Gary Thomas said:

    Beth Miller, The Associated Press