Sports columnist Education: Stanford University, B.A. English Literature
Sally Jenkins began her second stint at The Washington Post in 2000 after spending the previous decade working as a book author and as a magazine writer. She was named the nation’s top sports columnist in 2001, 2003, 2010 and 2011 by the Associated Press Sports Editors. In 2013, she won a first-place award from the AP for an investigative series co-written with Rick Maese on medical care in the NFL, titled “Do No Harm.”
Jenkins is the author of 12 books, four of which were New York Times bestsellers, most recently the No.1 “Sum It Up” with legendary basketball coach Pat Summitt. She is also the author of “The Real All Americans,” the historical account of how the Carlisle Indian School took on the Ivy League powers in college football at the turn of the century and won. Her work has been featured in Smithsonian, GQ and Sports Illustrated.
A native of Texas, Jenkins graduated from Stanford and lives in Sag Harbor, New York.
Honors & Awards:
2017 National Press Foundation Chairman's Citation
2017 Best Sports Stories
2013 First Place, Associated Press Sports Editors for Investigative Series
2011 Sports Columnist of the Year, Society of Professional Journalists
2011 First Place, Associated Press Sports Editors, Columns
2010 First Place, Associated Press Sports Editors, Columns
2008 Sports Columnist of the Year, Society of Professional Journalists
2007 Best Sports Stories
2005 Inducted National Sports Writers and Sportscasters Hall of Fame (first woman)
2003 First Place, Associated Press Sports Editors, Columns
2001 First Place, Associated Press Sports Editors, Columns
2001 Sports Columnist of the year, Society of Professional Journalists
Whatever the flaws of the one-and-done system in college basketball, it rewards good teachers and exposes poor ones. You don’t make seven Elite Eight appearances in 10 years, as Calipari has, purely on recruiting.
Dan Jenkins was not what you would call a classic family man, because sportswriters drive against the normal traffic of life. Yet in my estimation, he was a better father than nine-tenths of those I knew.