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LZ Granderson      

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

LZ Granderson is a political contributor and host of the Life Out Loud podcast for ABC News, Op-Ed Columnist for the LA Times, and the host of the The Long Game podcast for Recount.

Granderson was at ESPN for 17 years, where he most recently co-hosted "Sedano and LZ" for ESPN-LA 710. He began his career as an editor for ESPN The Magazine, helping oversee its NBA and tennis coverage. He also co-created, produced and served as host for serval other programming initiatives which aired on ESPN3, including LZ’s Café, where he interviewed athletes and celebrities such as Andre 3000 an Dierks Bentley. As a senior writer, Granderson maintained a regular column for ESPN.com for a number of years and has served as a contributing commentator on Outside The Lines, Around the Horn and SportsCenter. He has served as part of the network’s tennis team covering Wimbledon and the U.S. Open, counting Serena Williams, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal among the all-time greats he has interviewed. The unabashed women’s basketball fan broke the Sheryl Swoopes coming out story in 2006 and reported on the SC Featured piece about Texas basketball center, Imani McGee-Stafford, which won the Lone Star Emmy in 2015. Granderson was also a co-host of SportsNation from 2016 to 2018.

The award-winning journalist worked for several newspapers, including the Atlanta Journal Constitution, the South Bend Tribune and the Grand Rapids Press, primarily covering sports, politics, education and entertainment. In 2016, Granderson was inducted into the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association Hall of Fame and recently joined Marvel Studios’ digital team, co-anchoring red carpet coverage of the world premiere of Avengers: Infinity War.

His work has been recognized by the Human Rights Campaign and GLAAD, and The Advocate frequently includes him as one of the 50 most influential LGBTQ+ voices in the media. His TED Talk on LGBTQ equality has more than 1.6 million views. In 2011, Granderson was named Journalist of the Year by the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Assn. and his columns have been recognized by the National Assn. of Black Journalists as well as the Online News Assn.

Speech Topics

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.


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 ...
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  ...

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