There Seems to Be a Dearth of African-American Reporters in Ohio Covering LeBron

LeBron James: “George Thomas of the Akron (Ohio) Beacon Journal was taken off the Cleveland Cavaliers beat on Wednesday, he told Journal-isms, apparently leaving Ohio’s major media outlets with no journalists of color regularly covering superstar LeBron James.” Is that surprising? Sadly, no. ESPN’s Chris Broussard, who wrote for the Plain-Dealer and Beacon Journal, pointed out “the city of Cleveland’s 52.5 percent black population, and said the absence of African American sportswriters was brought home to him last month when the Plain Dealer ran pictures of five of its sportswriters who commented on James winning the NBA’s Most Valuable Player award — and all were white.” [Journal-isms, scroll down]

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