There is no doubt that sports writing is dominated by former coaches, players, and people who have been active in one or more sports, which makes it difficult for non-athletes to secure a place in the sports media. Recently, however, we have seen so many non-athletes taking over the writing of sports reports, and Brian Windhorst, interestingly enough, belongs to this class of lucky ones, having worked as a sports journalist with several major sports brands. Despite the numerous pit stops along the way, Windhorst was able to work his way to the top, build his reputation, and also prove his worth.
In this article, you will learn more about the life story of this prominent sports personality (including what it took to get to where he is today), his wife, and other interesting facts.
Brian Windhorst’s Bio
Brian is a renowned sports journalist who works for ESPN.com and reports on topics that are happening in the National Basketball Association (NBA). He was born on January 29, 1978, in the United States of America. Information about his family background and his childhood was previously scarce, as the sports journalist prefers to hide it from the public.
Nicknamed “Windy”, Brian began his high school education at St. Vincent-St. Mary High School in Akron, which is the same educational institution where American NBA player LeBron James was trained. The ESPN staff is a product of Kent State University, where he studied journalism. He graduated in 2000 with a degree in Journalism and soon after began reporting on LeBron’s basketball career in high school. Three years later, in 2003, Brian began working for the Akron Beacon Journal, covering both the Cleveland Cavaliers and James’ drafting in the NBA.
At the time, he was the youngest traveling NBA writer. He left the Journal in the summer of 2008 and was hired by The Plain Dealer in October of the same year. Brian’s career at 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 admitted that the NBA player largely influenced his decision to join ESPN, but that the Cavaliers would have to “go on” without the little striker.
The American sports journalist later joined the ESPN Cleveland Cavaliers on commercial sports radio station WKNR AM 850 as an analyst and beat reporter on October 10, 2014, 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 2014.
To his credit, Brian Windhorst has co-authored three books entitled “The Return of the King”: LeBron James, The Cleveland Cavaliers, and the greatest comeback in NBA history”, “The Franchise”: The Franchise: LeBron James and the New Edition of the Cleveland Cavaliers” and “LeBron James: The Emergence of an MVP. Cleveland’. The first publication appeared in 2017 and was co-written with authors McMenamin and David, while the last two were produced in 2007 and 2009 and co-written with sports columnist Terry Pluto. In 2009, the Associated Press and the United States Basketball Writers Association honored one of Windhorst’s notable works at The Plain Dealer newspaper for best gaming history.
The NBA sports columnist is the husband of Omaha-born lawyer Maureen Ellen Fulton. The couple reportedly got married in 2012 in an elaborate outdoor ceremony in Lauritzen Gardens, Omaha. Further details about Brian’s family are difficult to obtain and it is not known whether or not children were born out of his marital relationship with Maureen.
Other Facts About The Sportswriter
Windhorst is the best friend of the phenomenal basketball player, LeBron James. The two have known each other for years, ever since the sports journalist worked as a journalist for the Akron Beacon Journal.
According to sources, Brian Windhorst has been reporting on James since 1999, when the basketball player made his first basketball appearance at his high school.
Did we mention that the two are schoolmates? Yes, the Los Angeles Lakers power forward and the ESPN sports journalist attended St. Vincent-St. Mary High School, where the NBA star apparently honed his athletic skills and later turned into a spectacular NBA asset.
The sports journalist currently lives with his family in Omaha, Nebraska.
He has a studio in his home.