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

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

‘It’s about the damn money’

In weighing LIV Golf’s polarizing offer and his desire to change his family's trajectory, Harold Varner III had seen too much to lie.

April 5, 2023

Nate Oats always has his players’ backs. At Alabama, has he taken it too far?

With a former player facing a murder charge and another starring on the court after being at the scene, Alabama's coach is being tested in a historic season.

March 12, 2023

From the Big 12 to the NFC title game, the legend of Brock Purdy plays on

Purdy faced off with Jalen Hurts once before, when Iowa State played Hurts's Oklahoma team in 2019. What might that game tell us about Sunday's?

January 29, 2023

DeMeco Ryans may be the NFL’s next Black coach. Should he want to be?

All five teams with a head-coaching vacancyhave requested interviews with Ryans, who has made clear his desire to one day “represent” for Black coaches who never got such a chance.

January 22, 2023

A Key West regular, Mike Leach leaves a legacy — and an empty bar stool

At Captain Tony's, where he had a seat with his name on it, Mike Leach was more than a just a regular.

December 15, 2022

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