Mike Wise, a Washington Post sports columnist for over a decade, is leaving the paper to help ESPN launch a new site focused on the intersection of sports, culture, and race.
The new site — Jason Whitlock’s brainchild, who will also serve as its editor-in-chief — has been commonly referred to as “Black Grantland” in recent months.
Wise didn’t comment on any potential career move. However, an ESPN spokesman did say that the network is “at an advanced stage of negotiation” with Wise to join Whitlock’s site.
Wise joined the Post in 2004, interviewing with the paper on the same day that Joe Gibbs rejoined the Redskins. While he was most widely known for his columns and radio show, which ran mid-days on local station 106.7 The Fan for three-and-a-half years — his finest work with the organization included lengthy feature stories on Gilbert Arenas and Donald Brashear. Both profiles won “feature of the year” awards from the Associated Press Sports Editors.
Wise — who spent a decade at the New York Times before joining the Washington Post — also was honored several times by APSE as one of the country’s top sports columnists.
Of course, in recent years, he became known locally for columns about issues that spread beyond sports, from Jason Collins to Dave Kopay to the n-word to the highly-controversial Redskins name. Such issues will likely be focal points of his new home at ESPN, which is expected to debut sometime next year.
Source: The Washington Post