Michael Wilbon Leaves Washington Post for Full-Time Role With ESPN
Michael Wilbon, one of the bigger names in daily sports journalism, is apparently taking his talents to Bristol, Conn. -- or, more specifically, ESPN.
The Washington Post, from where Wilbon (shown above with golfer Tiger Woods) had hung his shingle first as a reporter, then as a very popular local columnist, told its staffers Thursday afternoon that "The ESPN/ABC rocket ship that Michael Wilbon has been riding the past several years has finally left our orbit. Wilbon will soon be leaving the Post -- a place he has called home for nearly 32 years -- as he takes on an even greater role for his networks and their parent company, Disney."
Indeed, Wilbon rocketed to national prominence when he and fellow former Post columnist Tony Kornheiser teamed to start the afternoon squawk fest "Pardon the Interruption" in 2001. PTI, as it is more commonly known, featured the two men trading barbs for 30 minutes, inspiring an unfortunate genre of sports talk that persists to this day.
The show shockingly won a Sports Emmy this past year.
In addition, Wilbon has increasingly become involved in ESPN/ABC's NBA coverage. He is an analyst on ABC's NBA telecasts and was the first of ESPN's commentators to question LeBron James after The Decision.
Though the move does not come as a complete surprise, Wilbon's departure is a body blow to daily newspaper sports journalism, as yet another big name leaves print for television or websites.