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

All across Detroit, solidarity through football

Across the city last Sunday, Detroiters clung to hope -- for their team, for their city and beyond.

January 21, 2024

They watched their husbands win the Heisman – then lost them to CTE

For years, Heisman weekend was a chance to remember their husbands’ glory. Now it’s a reminder of a sport’s violent toll.

December 8, 2023

Deep Reads: Football bonded them. Then it tore them apart.

They were roommates and teammates at Harvard, bound by their love of football and each other. Then the game — and the debate over its safety — took its toll. This Deep Reads episode is part of a collection of occasional bonus stories from “Post Reports.”

November 24, 2023

From Sin City to America’s sports capital

Las Vegas is transforming itself again. What do the glitz of Formula One and the Super Bowl mean for the city’s future – and for the workers building it it?

November 17, 2023

Mike McDaniel needs a reboot

Before the Dolphins’ coach could break the NFL, he had to fix himself.

November 13, 2023

Football coaching’s Madden generation

They grew up playing ‘Madden NFL,’ the megahit video game. Now they’re using it to teach in college and the pros.

September 20, 2023

My first F1 race was a blur. It won’t be my last.

NASCAR couldn't hook this southern sportswriter. "Drive to Survive" and F1 just may.

June 25, 2023

It’s ‘Coach Prime’ time at Colorado

God ‘called’ former NFL star Deion Sanders to coach at an HBCU. The money took him to Colorado. What happens next is anyone’s guess.

June 15, 2023

Jim Brown, Hall of Fame running back and actor, dies at 87

He dominated the NFL in the 1950s and ‘60s, then left football for acting and activism.

May 19, 2023

Football bonded them. Its violence tore them apart.

They were roommates and teammates at Harvard, bound by their love of football and each other. Then the game took its toll.

May 14, 2023