LZ Granderson

LZ Granderson is co-host of both ESPN’s SportsNation and ESPNLA 710 Radio’s Mornings with Keyshawn, Jorge and LZ and also writes for The Undefeated.

Granderson 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 several other programming initiatives, including LZ’s Café, where he interviewed athletes and celebrities such as Andre 3000, Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Dierks Bentley.

As a senior writer, Granderson maintained a regular column for Page 2 and his commentary has been heard on Outside The Lines, Around the Horn and SportsCenter. As part of the network’s tennis team, he has covered 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.

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.

In addition to his current roles at ESPN, Granderson contributes as a political analyst for ABC and was also a contributor to CNN. He has been a part of the coverage for some of the biggest stories of the past decade, including the elections of President Obama and President Trump, the death of Trayvon Martin and the uprising in Ferguson. Granderson was a fellow at The Institute of Politics at the University of Chicago as well as The Hechinger Institute at Columbia University. He also taught sports journalism at Northwestern University, and his TED Talk has more than 1.5 million views and has been translated into 26 different languages.