Candace Buckner

Washington, D.C.

Sports columnist focusing on how sports shape and illuminate our understanding of culture and society.

Education: University of Missouri

Since 2002, Candace Buckner has covered sports at various newspapers, including stops in Macon, Ga.; Kansas City, Mo.; Gary, Ind.; and Vancouver, Wash. Before joining The Post, Buckner was a sports reporter at the Indianapolis Star, where she earned Associated Press Sports Editors top 10 honors for feature writing and breaking news. Buckner is originally from St. Louis and attended the University of Missouri.
Latest from Candace Buckner

The Miami Heat’s MVP may be its coach, Erik Spoelstra

The Heat, and eight-seed to start the playoffs, is back in the Eastern Conference finals for the third time in four years and the seventh overall under its longtime head coach.

May 14, 2023

Vida Blue gave all of himself. He deserved more in return.

Decades after his baseball career ended and the height of his celebrity had faded, Vida Blue tried his best to live up to the memories.

May 9, 2023

The odyssey of Hunter Dickinson, sponsored by college sports lunacy

Hunter Dickinson’s extended tour in the NCAA transfer portal has given an unvarnished glimpse at the current lives of the superstars of college sports.

May 5, 2023

XFL’s Defenders bring a little hope — and a lot of beer — to D.C. sports fans

With lemons, a beer snake and a win, the playoffs returned to D.C. as the XFL’s Defenders advanced to the championship game.

April 30, 2023

We all deserve a second chance. Ime Udoka’s came too quickly.

For new Houston Rockets coach Ime Udoka, accountability came with a tidy expiration date.

April 27, 2023

NFL stalwart D.J. Swearinger puts his ego aside in XFL comeback

Why is D.J. Swearinger playing for the D.C. Defenders in the XFL? Because he loves the game.

April 21, 2023

For the long-patient Ted Leonsis, finally a Ted Talk to remember

Ted Leonsis finally admits it: The woebegone, wandering Wizards need new blood in the worst way.

April 20, 2023

Magic Johnson could bring more than his smile to the Commanders

Josh Harris's group has an opportunity if it embraces the NBA great for his skill set, not just his celebrity.

April 16, 2023

The Timberwolves plain don’t like Rudy Gobert. Someone call HR.

A workplace drama gone wrong is ruining one NBA team's corporate culture right before the most important function of the year.

April 12, 2023

The Wizards’ year-end diagnosis: Fatal underachievement

The Wizards will end yet another season before the playoffs. It should’ve been different.

April 7, 2023