ESPN Sports Reporter, Sports Writer
November 8, 2019
Eric Woodyard is a man of Flint, for Flint, authored by Flint. His Flintstone badge is as real as the words he puts on the page, as an acclaimed sports reporter and writer. A true sports historian, he can opine on the '70's and then tell you about his latest conversation with Lebron James, discuss the relative merits of the 1981 Flint Central hoops team, compared with the much more recent Beecher Bucs teams.
The USA leads the world in basketball, and ESPN is the world leader in hoops reporting. So, it's really no surprise that Eric was hired as an ESPN reporter, right after we did this interview, evidencing the respect the industry has for the skill and care in which he practices his craft. As an ESPN featured NBA reporter, he covers the Midwest region for ESPN, as a native of Flint, Michigan, and graduate of Western Michigan University. Woodyard also appeared on ESPN's "E:60", and "Outside the Lines", in 2016, and was awarded first place for Best Sports Story and Best Sports Feature categories in 2012 and 2015 by the Michigan Associated Press.
During our chat, we covered a LOT of ground, but in no area was Eric more enthusiastic than when happily discussing being the proud parent of his son, Ethan. He authored the book "Ethan's Talent Search." for his son, as well as an additional book, "Wasted", a thought-provoking work of fiction. Another, in a lineage of super-talented Flint writers, in the fashion of his mentor Ricky Hampton, and others like Dean Howe and Doug Mintline. We may even find him joining Flint's David Blight in the Pulitzer Prize category. For now we'll just enjoy his world class commentary on one of the worlds greatest sports, served up like a Magic-to-Kelser patented alley oop...passionate, emphatic, driven. In other words...Flint Style.