Career Highlights

  • Joined The Washington Post in March of 2004 after 10 years at The New York Times
  • Wise covered 14 NBA finals, four Olympiads, and has also written about baseball, boxing and figure skating
  • Has won eight Associated Press Sports Editors awards
  • Wise is a regular guest on ESPN, MSNBC and CNN

Career Overview

    Mike Wise is sports columnist for the Washington Post. He graduated from Fresno State University with a Bachelor’s in Journalism and promptly took a sports writing job at The Sanger Herald, a 5,000 weekly newspaper. Six years later, The New York Times hired him in as a beat reporter covering the New Jersey Nets. Wise joined The Post in March 2004 after 10 years at The New York Times.

    At the Post and the Times, Wise has reported on an impressive 14 NBA finals, two World Series, a Super Bowl and four of the last six Olympic games. He is also an author and co-wrote the books Shaq Talks back with Shaquille O’Neal, and Just Ballin’- The Chaotic Rise of the New York Knicks with Frank Isola.. Wise has won numerous Associated Press Sports Editors writing awards, including first place in the 2006 feature category for his revealing portrait of Gilbert Arenas.

Our Interview

    Michael Wise sits down with ThinkTalk host Zack Sherwood to discuss his career as a sports writer for the Washington Post. Wise answers questions from George Mason University students Shaliana and Ian, and George Washington University students Emily Robert, Chase and Adam. He has valuable advice on what college classes were useful to his career, and how he got his first job after college.

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