2005 – Sally Jenkins
Born in Fort Worth, Texas, on October 22, 1960, award winning sportswriter Sally Jenkins has written for a variety of newspapers and magazines during her more than 26 year career. After graduating from Stanford University in 1982, Jenkins had short stints at The San Francisco Chronicle, the San Francisco Examiner, and the Los Angeles Herald Examiner before moving to the east coast as a staff writer for the Washington Post, in 1984. Over the next six years she covered a variety of sports for the Post including football, basketball, tennis, golf, and the Olympics. In 1990, Jenkins left the Post and took a senior writers position at Sports Illustrated. Then in 1996 she left Sports Illustrated to help launch the first sports magazine for women, “Women’s Sports and Fitness.” She returned to the Post in 2000, as a columnist. For her work as a columnist Jenkins has reveived many accolades, including the Associated Press Sports Columnist of the Year Award in 2001 and 2003, the Award for Best Columnist from the Society of Professional Journalists in 2003. Her work has also been anthologized in the Best Sports Writing of 1995 Anthology and the Best Sports Stories anthology of 1990. Jenkins has also worked as a radio and television correspondent appearing on CNBC, FOX, ESPN, and NPR’s “All Things Considered.” In addition to her work in newspapers and as a correspondent, Jenkins is the author of eight books, three of which are New York Times Bestsellers, most notably “Its Not About the Bike: My Journey Back to Life.” In recognition of her outstanding career, Jenkins was enshrined in the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Hall of Fame on May 2, 2005. She joined her father, who was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1996.