The Oberlin Review

Kevin Blackistone, sports journalist and professor at the Philip Merrill College
of Journalism at the University of Maryland.

In The Locker Room with Professor and Columnist Kevin Blackistone

October 6, 2017

This week, the Review sat down with Kevin Blackistone, ESPN and NPR commentator, Washington Post columnist, and University of Maryland journalism professor. Blackistone has enjoyed a journalism career that has spanned more than 30 years, and while he mainly writes about sports, he also covers politics, news, business, and economics. He also makes frequent appearances on ESPN’s Around the Horn, a sports debating show that covers current topics of contention in sports. This interview has been ...

ESPN Should Join Jemele Hill in Anti-Trump Stance

Nathan Carpenter, Opinions Editor

September 22, 2017

There is a pervasive narrative in the United States that sports and politics should not mix — that we should leave our entertainment unsullied by the hard work of navigating the often-taxing challenges of living together in society. That inherently contradictory argument does not stand up to any kind of scrutiny. The birth of sports itself was political in nature — to pretend otherwise is to ignore reality. Nations came to the first Olympic games under flags of truce, and used the competitions to assert political strength over their rivals. Since then, while many have tried to obscure these elements of sports, its cultural history, impact, and relevance cannot be denied. Debate over the separation of sports and politics reigni...

New on ESPN: a Woman

Sarena Malsin, Sports Editor

May 16, 2016

For a player with a stand­out legacy and athletic career, Abby Wambach is following a pretty traditional post-re­tirement path for a profes­sional athlete: She’s becom­ing a contributing analyst for ESPN. Wambach, who announced her retirement in October 2015 and played her last game with the Women’s National team in December, said on Wednesday that she will be kicking off her time with the network by cover­ing the European Champion­ships in France in June and the Rio Olympics in August. According to ESPN, she’ll also be working with ESPN Films and other shows, like E:60 and Outside the Lines, which is an investigative show delv­ing into sports controversies, societal issues and athletes’ personal stories....

Farewell, Grantland, You’ll be Missed

Dan Bisno, Columnist

November 6, 2015

There are an exorbitant number of publica­tions and media platforms available to the 21st-century sports fan who wishes to follow the current events of the sports world. While media sources like ESPN and Sports Illustrated dominate the scene, sports journalism has grown so vast that each fan must find their niche — writers they like, publications they follow — in order to remain grounded in the flurry of articles published follow­ing every sporting event. Sports and pop-culture blog Grantland was one that stood apart. Grantland represented the highest echelon of sports journalism. Known for its lengthy articles, extensive use of sports analytics and unconven­tional statistics, it lured readers in with its uniq...

Established 1874.