William C. Rhoden is a columnist and Editor-at-Large for The Undefeated, ESPN’s news site about sports, race and culture. He is curator of the Rhoden Fellows and is also the author of several books, including 40 Million Dollar Slaves: The Rise, Fall and Redemption of the Black Athlete. Before joining The Undefeated, Rhoden wrote an award-winning sports column for the New York Times and appeared as a guest on ESPN’s Sports Reporters for nearly 30 years.
Rhoden began his journalism his career as a news reporter at the Baltimore Afro American Newspaper. He was a senior editor with Ebony Magazine and then a columnist and jazz critic for the Baltimore Sun.
Rhoden attended Morgan State University in Baltimore where he majored in English.