Lito Tejada-Flores is one of my favorite ski writers.
Tony Kornhiser’s almost out at Post, just too busy with his TV/Radio stuff. A good sense of humor often goes well with sportswriting, helps keep sports in its proper perspective and not take it too seriously. One time covering a superbowl game in Jacksonville, FL Tony wrote a derogatory description of that town …backwash redneck nouveau
wannabe city, etc….that was so funny!
His cohort at Wash Post, Mike Wilbon, is very good although not as funny as Kornhiser. Wilbon is also into TV pretty big, but still writes regularly for the Post. He gives an intelligent “person of color” perspective, but pulls no punches when black (or white) athletes are out of line. The line between print and visual media is blurring as some many of these guys crossover. It’s good though as they are usually very articulate on TV.
Povich was great, read him as a boy growing up in DC area. He must be rolling in his grave at the stuff his son Maury does on TV now.
Christine Brennan (a Wash Post alum) is one of the foremost female sportswriters today and definitely colors her reports with a serious female perspective.
Is Rick Reilly still doing his funny sports commentaries in Sports Illustrated?
Sports Illustrated Mag is really one of the foremost venues for US sport writing over the last 50 years. You can see a list of their most famous writers here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sports_Illustrated#Writers