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

Hugh Freeze is the latest character in Auburn’s football soap opera

Scandal seems to follow Hugh Freeze everywhere. Now he's headed back to the cartoonishly decedent SEC -- the perfect move for this college football moment.

December 7, 2022

Amid the MAGA hats at Trump’s Doral, LIV Golf finds niche

Donald Trump and his supporters have loomed large at the LIV Golf team championship at Trump National Doral in Miami.

October 30, 2022

Inside the ropes at LIV Golf’s Saudi Arabian homecoming

The Saudis have pledged billions to disrupt golf and alter the kingdom’s reputation. At a tour stop in Jeddah, their efforts were on full display.

October 28, 2022

The Shark is on the attack again

With decades of resentment and an appetite for combat, golf legend Greg Norman is throwing his sport into chaos. This time, he’s doing it with Saudi money.

June 5, 2022

J.R. Smith, HBCUs and the challenges of golfing while Black

Twenty-five years after Tiger Woods’s arrival, golf is still overwhelmingly White. HBCUs (and one NBA champion) are hoping to change that.

April 8, 2022

How would you like to have this man for a father-in-law?

Duke legend Mike Krzyzewski shows elite toughness as a father-in-law. At least until the wine starts flowing.

March 19, 2022

‘He can flip the switch’: The electric rise of Ja’Marr Chase

“I pushed him and I pushed him,” Chase's dad, Jimmy, says. One day, Ja'Marr pushed back -- and blazed a trail to NFL stardom.

February 12, 2022

The Brian Flores experience? ‘That’s the reality for most Black coaches.’

Brian Flores ‘is right’ about the NFL’s hiring coaches, Black coaches say, but few can risk their careers to speak up.

February 6, 2022

Joe Burrow once made his Ohio town believe. Now he has Cincinnati dreaming.

The Bengals' upset of the Titans energized a tortured fan base and Burrow’s home state. Now Bengals fans are doing something they thought they never would: believing.

January 29, 2022

Deebo Samuel didn’t fit in anywhere. So he now plays everywhere.

Versatile playmaker Deebo Samuel does it all for San Francisco — piling up yards and touchdowns while collecting bruising hits.

January 28, 2022