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Jason Whitlock

Sports Journalist; Host of "Speak for Yourself" on Fox Sports

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 Jason Whitlock Biography

Jason Whitlock, columnist for the Kansas City Star and FOXSports.com, is widely considered the most provocative, thought-provoking and entertaining sports columnist working today. The September 2007 issue of Vibe Magazine tabbed Whitlock as “one of 40 people who will change the world.”

Whitlock currently hosts "Speak for Yourself" on Fox Sports 1 as well as frequently appears on Fox News and Fox Business as an analyst. He also makes appearances on Tucker Carlson Tonight and Varney & Co.

With a column-writing style stolen from his boyhood idol Mike Royko and courage gleaned from his mentor Ralph Wiley, Whitlock has made a local and national name by boldly and insightfully addressing the most sensitive subjects in sports.

His April 11, 2007 column on Don Imus and Rutgers basketball best illustrates Whitlock’s knack for turning sports commentary into social commentary and providing a fresh outlook on a controversial topic. The column, “Imus isn’t the real bad guy,” is one of the most pervasive pieces of newspaper journalism published. It has been compared to Pulitzer Prize-winner Leonard Pitts’ column on 9/11.

The column, which argued that African-Americans should examine hip-hop music’s culture of black-on-black disrespect rather than castigate an old radio shock jock, served as the foundation of two episodes of “The Oprah Winfrey.” Whitlock flew to Chicago, met Ms. Winfrey and appeared on both shows alongside rap-music mogul Russell Simmons, the Rev. Al Sharpton, New York Daily News columnist Stanley Crouch, singer India Arie and others.

The column and subsequent follow-up columns penned by Whitlock helped spark a national debate and focused renewed attention on an issue that had been placed on the backburner. In the aftermath, Sharpton and Simmons both called for rappers to quit using the N-word, bitch and ho. The NAACP held a mock funeral for the N-word. The leading African-American media outlets, including Ebony Magazine, all published detailed reports about the “war on rap music” or “a culture of disrespect.”

Whitlock’s reputation with sports fans across the nation had long been establish through his work with the Kansas City Star, where he has worked as a sports columnist from 1994 to 2010. Kansas City readers are used to Whitlock’s columns driving discussion, debate and passion. From his 1994 column making light of the Kansas-Kansas State football rivalry to his threatened boycott of Royals baseball games following the 1994 work stoppage to his belittling of Texas basketball fans during the early years of the Big 12 Tournament to his yearly Chiefs grades to his reporting on former Kansas basketball star J.R. Giddens’ involvement in an ugly bar fight to Whitlock’s chilling interview with Larry Johnson before LJ’s 2007 training-camp holdout, Kansas City sports fans have come to expect Whitlock to be the lightning rod of local sports talk.

Whitlock writes a weekly column for FOXSports.com titled “Real Talk.” He had previously written the “Real Talk” column for AOL Sports. His columns detailing the lawless, disrespectful atmosphere during NBA All-Star Weekend in Las Vegas triggered shockwaves throughout the sports world. Whitlock was one of the first writers to strongly question district attorney Mike Nifong’s handling of the Duke Lacrosse investigation.

Whitlock also had a six-year association with ESPN.com and ESPN television. He wrote a weekly column for ESPN.com and on the TV side guest-hosted Pardon the Interruption, Jim Rome is Burning, The Sports Reporters and appeared on Outside the Lines.

Whitlock also has worked successfully as a radio talk-show host at Kansas City’s WHB and KCSP, broadcasting his own shows, “Jason Whitlock’s Neighborhood” and “The Doghouse.” Whitlock also has guest-hosted Jim Rome’s nationally syndicated radio show “The Jungle.”

A 1990 graduate of and former football starter at Ball State University, Whitlock is an Indianapolis native who proudly claims to be the founding and last dues-paying member of the Jeff George Fan Club. George and Whitlock were high school teammates, winning Indiana’s Big School state championship in 1984.

Before working at the Kansas City Star, Whitlock worked at the Bloomington Herald-Times, The Charlotte Observerand the Ann Arbor News. He’s also written for Vibe Magazine and The Sporting News. He’s won numerous writing awards.

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Jason Whitlock

Sports Journalist; Host of "Speak for Yourself" on Fox Sports

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Jason Whitlock Biography

Jason Whitlock, columnist for the Kansas City Star and FOXSports.com, is widely considered the most provocative, thought-provoking and entertaining sports columnist working today. The September 2007 issue of Vibe Magazine tabbed Whitlock as “one of 40 people who will change the world.”

Whitlock currently hosts "Speak for Yourself" on Fox Sports 1 as well as frequently appears on Fox News and Fox Business as an analyst. He also makes appearances on Tucker Carlson Tonight and Varney & Co.

With a column-writing style stolen from his boyhood idol Mike Royko and courage gleaned from his mentor Ralph Wiley, Whitlock has made a local and national name by boldly and insightfully addressing the most sensitive subjects in sports.

His April 11, 2007 column on Don Imus and Rutgers basketball best illustrates Whitlock’s knack for turning sports commentary into social commentary and providing a fresh outlook on a controversial topic. The column, “Imus isn’t the real bad guy,” is one of the most pervasive pieces of newspaper journalism published. It has been compared to Pulitzer Prize-winner Leonard Pitts’ column on 9/11.

The column, which argued that African-Americans should examine hip-hop music’s culture of black-on-black disrespect rather than castigate an old radio shock jock, served as the foundation of two episodes of “The Oprah Winfrey.” Whitlock flew to Chicago, met Ms. Winfrey and appeared on both shows alongside rap-music mogul Russell Simmons, the Rev. Al Sharpton, New York Daily News columnist Stanley Crouch, singer India Arie and others.

The column and subsequent follow-up columns penned by Whitlock helped spark a national debate and focused renewed attention on an issue that had been placed on the backburner. In the aftermath, Sharpton and Simmons both called for rappers to quit using the N-word, bitch and ho. The NAACP held a mock funeral for the N-word. The leading African-American media outlets, including Ebony Magazine, all published detailed reports about the “war on rap music” or “a culture of disrespect.”

Whitlock’s reputation with sports fans across the nation had long been establish through his work with the Kansas City Star, where he has worked as a sports columnist from 1994 to 2010. Kansas City readers are used to Whitlock’s columns driving discussion, debate and passion. From his 1994 column making light of the Kansas-Kansas State football rivalry to his threatened boycott of Royals baseball games following the 1994 work stoppage to his belittling of Texas basketball fans during the early years of the Big 12 Tournament to his yearly Chiefs grades to his reporting on former Kansas basketball star J.R. Giddens’ involvement in an ugly bar fight to Whitlock’s chilling interview with Larry Johnson before LJ’s 2007 training-camp holdout, Kansas City sports fans have come to expect Whitlock to be the lightning rod of local sports talk.

Whitlock writes a weekly column for FOXSports.com titled “Real Talk.” He had previously written the “Real Talk” column for AOL Sports. His columns detailing the lawless, disrespectful atmosphere during NBA All-Star Weekend in Las Vegas triggered shockwaves throughout the sports world. Whitlock was one of the first writers to strongly question district attorney Mike Nifong’s handling of the Duke Lacrosse investigation.

Whitlock also had a six-year association with ESPN.com and ESPN television. He wrote a weekly column for ESPN.com and on the TV side guest-hosted Pardon the Interruption, Jim Rome is Burning, The Sports Reporters and appeared on Outside the Lines.

Whitlock also has worked successfully as a radio talk-show host at Kansas City’s WHB and KCSP, broadcasting his own shows, “Jason Whitlock’s Neighborhood” and “The Doghouse.” Whitlock also has guest-hosted Jim Rome’s nationally syndicated radio show “The Jungle.”

A 1990 graduate of and former football starter at Ball State University, Whitlock is an Indianapolis native who proudly claims to be the founding and last dues-paying member of the Jeff George Fan Club. George and Whitlock were high school teammates, winning Indiana’s Big School state championship in 1984.

Before working at the Kansas City Star, Whitlock worked at the Bloomington Herald-Times, The Charlotte Observerand the Ann Arbor News. He’s also written for Vibe Magazine and The Sporting News. He’s won numerous writing awards.

Jason Whitlock Videos

  • Jason Whitlock: SPEAK FOR YOURSELF
    Jason Whitlock and Marcellus Wiley are joined by Joel Klatt to discuss if Kyler Murray should want to be drafted No. 1 overall to the Arizona...
  • Jason Whitlock | The Ben Shapiro Show
    Former ESPN sportswriter Jason Whitlock weighs in on the NFL kneeling debate, police brutality, and single motherhood as he rejects victimhood...
  • Jason Whitlock: College QBs should be able to transfer if they want...

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  • How to book Jason Whitlock?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Jason Whitlock for both live and virtual events for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment. Fill out a booking request form for Jason Whitlock, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Jason Whitlock or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book Jason Whitlock?

    Booking fees for Jason Whitlock, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies between live and virtual events. Other factors that can affect speaker fees include the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. The live and virtual event speaking fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Jason Whitlock, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for Jason Whitlock?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Jason Whitlock for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Jason Whitlock for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Jason Whitlock or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Jason Whitlock or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

Jason Whitlock is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics . The estimated speaking fee range to book Jason Whitlock for your event is $5,000 - $10,000. Jason Whitlock generally travels from Kansas City, MO, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Michael Wilbon, Bomani Jones, Chris Broussard, Keith Olbermann and Rick Reilly. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Jason Whitlock for an upcoming live or virtual event.

Jason Whitlock Speaker Videos

  • Jason Whitlock: SPEAK FOR YOURSELF
    Jason Whitlock and Marcellus Wiley are joined by Joel Klatt to discuss if Kyler Murray should want to be drafted No. 1 overall to the Arizona Cardinals. Whitlock explains why the QB should want...
    Jason Whitlock | The Ben Shapiro Show
    Former ESPN sportswriter Jason Whitlock weighs in on the NFL kneeling debate, police brutality, and single motherhood as he rejects victimhood culture on this episode of The Sunday Special!
  • Jason Whitlock: College QBs should be able to transfer if they want ...

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