Kent Babb

Washington, D.C.

Sports features writer for The Washington Post

Education: University of South Carolina, BA in journalism

Kent Babb has covered sports for the Washington Post since 2012 and is currently assigned to its Sports and Society enterprise team. His journalism often explores the intersections of sports and cultural issues, such as politics, mental health, and race. Babb's work was included three times in The Best American Sports Writing anthology and was selected in the inaugural edition of The Year's Best Sports Writing. The winner of numerous national awards, his features have honored three times by The Associated Press Sports Editors as the nation's best. Babb is the author of two widely acclaimed boo
Latest from Kent Babb

Kevin Kelley is here to break college football. Unless college football breaks him first.

Refusing to punt made this coach a star in high school. But can his mad science work at the next level?

October 27, 2021

An Alabama nurse, her football-loving dad and a plea to stay home on game day

In Tuscaloosa, the stadium is back at full capacity. But some nurses are urging friends and family to do the unthinkable: stay away.

September 20, 2021

Pat Tillman’s nephew follows his uncle’s path, on the football field and beyond

He grew up steeped in the complicated legacy of his uncle. Now Adam Garwood is following Pat Tillman's path.

September 16, 2021

America’s Song, Part 2

After 9/11, NYPD police officer Daniel Rodriguez comforted the nation by performing “God Bless America.” It felt like a timeless moment. Instead, it proved fleeting. In this series, we explore how he and the country have tried to heal after tragedy.

September 10, 2021

America’s Song

With his performance of “God Bless America” during Game 3 of the 2001 World Series, NYPD officer Daniel Rodriguez comforted a nation still grieving in the wake of 9/11. It felt like a timeless moment. Instead, it proved fleeting.

September 9, 2021

America’s Song, Part 1

After 9/11, NYPD police officer Daniel Rodriguez comforted the nation by performing “God Bless America.” It felt like a timeless moment. Instead, it proved fleeting. In this series, we explore how he and the country have tried to heal after tragedy.

September 9, 2021

Ian Moller is ready to be Black behind the plate

This teenage prospect has resisted calls to change positions in hopes of upending a baseball stereotype: that Black players can’t be catchers.

August 17, 2021

On the hunt for his next sports-card score

From Jordan rookie cards to mint Ohtanis, the pandemic fueled a surge in sports-card prices -- and sent a 22-year-old man on a trek across L.A. for another great find.

July 14, 2021

Hungry for travel and connection, we took a road trip for Texas barbecue

After a year of saying no to everything, a group of vaccinated friends reunite in Austin for impulsivity, joy — and lots of brisket.

June 18, 2021