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LZ Granderson      

CNN & ESPN Columnist; Celebrated Voice on Sports, Race & Gay Rights

As a senior writer and columnist for ESPN The Magazine and ESPN.com, Granderson has contributed to ESPN’s Sports Center, "Outside the Lines," and "First Take." He writes a weekly column for CNN.com, appears weekly on CNN Newsroom, has a CNN video blog and podcast and appears frequently on CNN Newsroom, American Morning with Ali Velshi, Newsroom with Don Lemon and Anderson Cooper 360.

Granderson was first hired at The Atlanta Journal-Constitution as a home design writer, but with his passion for sports it wasn’t long before he became the lead writer for the paper’s entertainment section, where he made a name as a sportswriter. In 2003, ESPN: The Magazine hired Granderson as a freelance writer, and in 2004 he became an NBA editor. He was named as the 2012 Journalist of the Year by the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association and is a 2011 and 2010 nominee and the 2009 winner of the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation award for online journalism.

A graduate of Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, Michigan, Granderson is a former fellow of the Institute of Politics at the University of Chicago and the Hechinger Institute at Columbia University, as well as a columnist for ABC News.

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Dare You to Move

Through humor and candid personal stories, ESPN columnist and TV personality LZ Granderson shares his journey from poverty, physical abuse and gang culture in Detroit to becoming the most visible openly gay man working in sports today. In his commentary LZ has tackled taboo subjects such as usage of the N-word in the black community, the presence of gays in the locker room, and the truths and lies about reverse racism. He spares no one. Not even himself.


OPINION: LZ Granderson on Trump's Comments to Black Voters ...

In 1932 a quarter of the American workforce was unemployed, housing prices had fallen by 10.5 percent and President Herbert Hoover's inability to turn things  ...

LZ Granderson: Hillary Clinton Is Off The Campaign Trail To Avoid ...

ABC News contributor LZ Granderson connects the dots between WikiLeaks and Hillary Clinton not planning to make any public appearances for the next 20 ...

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