Michael Wilbon Biography

( 1958 - )
January 29, 2020
First published on:July 28, 2015
by John Max

Facts of Michael Wilbon

Date of Birth: 1958, November 19
Age: 61 years old
Birth Nation: United States
Height: 6 Feet 2 Inch
Birth Sign:: scorpio
Birth Name Michael Ray Wilbon
Birth Place Chicago, Illinois
Famous Name Michael Wilbon
Net Worth $12 million
Salary $3 million
Nationality American
Ethnicity Mix
Currently Working For ESPN
Currently Married Yes
Married to Sheryl Wilbon (m. 1997)
Divorce N/A
Children 1 (Matthew Raymond Wilbon)
Affair with Sheryl Wilbon
Girlfriend Sheryl Wilbon

Michael Wilbon is an American former sportswriter and columnist for Washington Post and currently works for ESPN as their commentator. Also the co-host of Pardon the Interruption on ESPN, Wilbon is an analyst at ESPN.

Chicago, Illinois native, Michael Wilbon was born on November 19, 1958, under the star sign Scorpio. As per nationality, he is an American who came from the Afro-American background. 

How much is Michael Wilbon's Net worth In 2020?

Michael Wilbon has an estimated net worth of almost $16 million. He signed a contract extension with ESPN in 2016 and reportedly earns around $6 million as his salary in 2020. Earlier, his salary after the 2006 contract extension was reported to be $4 million, as of 2015.

Wilbon's House in Bethesda, MD SOURCE: Virtual Globetrotting

Wilbon's property also includes his two homes. Currently, he resides in Bethesda, Maryland (MD), US while he uses his other home at Scottsdale, Arizona (AZ) as his vacation home. 

Who is Michael Wilbon Married to? Personal Life

Wilbon currently resides in Bethesda, Maryland. He is married Sheryl Wilbon in 1997. He and his wife Sheryl had a child named Matthew Raymond Wilbon, via surrogate on March 26, 2008. 

Michael Wilbon's Wife Sheryl Watkins Wilbon & their child SOURCE: Baller Wives

His wife Sheryl earlier worked as a lawyer.

He is a good friend with former NBA star Charles Barkley and he has contributed Barkley on two of his books, “I Might Be Wrong But I Doubt It” and “Who's Afraid of a Large Black Man?”.

Wilbon suffered a heart attack on January 27, 2008, and was treated in a Scottsdale hospital.

“Mike” and “Willybuns” are his nicknames. Wilbon also has a brother.

Wilbon has a height of 6ft 2 inches and weighs around 220 lbs. In 2008, he revealed that he was 252 lbs but lost his weight to 220 in 2008.

Family & Education

Wilbon was born to Raymond Wilbon and Cleo Wilbon. He grew up in the same city. Wilbon was clear about his aim from an early age. His dream was to become a journalist. He used to read the sports section of newspapers from his childhood.

Wilbon graduated from St. Ignatius College Preparatory School in 1976. He has received a degree in journalism from Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism in 1980.

Michael Wilbon Professional Career

Michael Wilbon started his career by working for The Washington Post. Early in his career, while working for The Washington Post, he covered college sports, Major League Baseball, the National Football League and the National Basketball Association.

10 years later since he joined The Washington Post, he became the fulltime columnist of The Washington Post. His column used to appear four times a week till he was there. He covered 10 summers and Winter Olympic Games for The Washington Post.

Wilbon has also covered every Super Bowl since 1987, almost every Final Four since 1982 and each year’s NBA final since 1987. In 2010, Wilbon left The Washington Post to work full-time with ESPN and ABC. He had agreed to a multi-year contract extension with ESPN in 2006 when he was still working at The Washington Post.

Initially, he worked on “The Sports Reporters” show on ESPN and then he co-hosted Pardon the Interruption (PTI) with Tony Kornheiser from October 22, 2001. He also co-hosted ABC’s NBA Countdown with Bill Simmons, Jalen Rose, and Magic Johnson.

Wilbon was named top sports columnist by the Society of Professional Journalists in 2001. These days, Wilbon is presenting himself as an ESPN personality and a commentator. He has been co-hosting Pardon the Interruption on ESPN with former Washington Post writer Tony Kornheiser since 2001.

Wilbon was named Sports Columnist of the Year by the Society of Professional Journalists in 2001. He has been also selected as one of the top three national columnists by the Associated Press Sports Editors 3 times.

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