There is no doubt that sportswriting is being dominated by former coaches, players, and people who have competed in one or more sports and this makes it difficult for non-athletes to secure a spot in the sports media field. In recent times, however, we’ve seen so many non-athletes taking over sportswriting/reporting and Brian Windhorst interestingly belongs to this class of lucky chaps, having worked with several giant sports brands as a sportswriter. Despite the numerous pit stops along his path, Windhorst has been able to work his way up to the top, build his reputation, and also proved his worth.
In this article, you’ll get to know about the prominent sports personality’s bio (including what it took him to get to where he is today), his wife, as well as other interesting facts.
Brian Windhorst’s Bio
Brian is a renowned sportswriter who works for ESPN.com and reports on issues happening in the National Basketball Association (NBA). He was born on 29th January 1978 in the United States of America. Information about his family background and childhood have been scarce as the sportswriter prefers to keep it from the public.
Nicknamed “Windy”, Brian started his high school education at St. Vincent-St. Mary High School, in Akron, is also the same learning institution that groomed American NBA player, LeBron James. The ESPN staff is a product of Kent State University, where he studied journalism. He graduated in the year 2000 with a degree in journalism and started covering LeBron’s high school basketball career shortly afterward. Three years later, precisely in 2003, Brian began working for Akron Beacon Journal, covering the Cleveland Cavaliers as well as James’ drafting in the NBA.
At the time, he was the youngest traveling NBA beat, writer. He ended his stint with the journal in the summer of 2008 and was later hired to work for Cleveland newspaper The Plain Dealer in October of the same year. Brian’s career with ESPN began in 2010 when LeBron James ended his contract with the Cleveland Cavaliers and joined his new team Miami Heat. In an interview, Brian acknowledged that the NBA player largely influenced his decision to join ESPN but that the Cavaliers needed to “move on” without the small forward.
The American sportswriter later joined ESPN Cleveland Cavaliers on the commercial sports radio station, WKNR AM 850 on October 10, 2014, as an analyst and beat reporter and also anchored his personal program on WKNR’s sister station, WWGK AM 1540. His decision to join ESPN Cleveland was made after James was re-signed by the Cavaliers in the year 2014.
To his credit, Brian Windhorst has co-authored three books titled: ‘Return of the King: LeBron James, the Cleveland Cavaliers, and the Greatest Comeback in NBA History’, ‘The Franchise: LeBron James and the Remaking of the Cleveland Cavaliers, and ‘LeBron James: The Making of an MVP. Cleveland’. The first publication was released in 2017 and was co-written with writers McMenamin and David while the last two were produced in 2007 and 2009 and were co-written with sports columnist Terry Pluto. In 2009, the Associated Press and United States Basketball Writers Association for Best Game Story honored one of Windhorst’s notable works at The Plain Dealer newspaper.
The NBA sports columnist is the husband of Omaha-born lawyer Maureen Ellen Fulton. The couple reportedly got married in 2012 in a lavished outdoor ceremony at Lauritzen Gardens, Omaha. Further details about Brian’s family are hard to come by and it is not known if his marital relationship with Maureen has produced children or not.
Other Facts About The Sportswriter
Windhorst is best of friends with phenomenal basketball player LeBron James. The two have known each other for years, right from the time the sportswriter was working as a journalist for the Akron Beacon Journal.
According to sources, Brian Windhorst has been covering James since 1999 when the basketball player made his debut basketball appearance in his high school.
Did we mention that the two are schoolmates? Yes, the Los Angeles Lakers’ power forward and the ESPN sportswriter attended St. Vincent-St. Mary High School, where the NBA star obviously honed his athletic skills and later metamorphosed into a spectacular NBA asset.
The sportswriter currently lives in Omaha, Nebraska with his family.
He has a studio in his house.