Vanderbilt Athletics

Williams on NPR's On Point Monday

April 1, 2011

Vanderbilt Vice Chancellor David Williams has accepted an invitation from National Public Radio to be one of two panelists to discuss the topic of “Should Student-Athletes be Paid”.

Williams will appear Monday (April 4) on the program “On Point”, heard across the nation from 10:00-11:00 a.m. CDT. He will be paired with journalist and commentator Kevin Blackistone, who will take the position that student-athletes should be paid.

Williams has directed Vanderbilt’s Department of Student Athletics since 2003. He serves as the university’s General Counsel and is Secretary of the Board of Trust. An attorney by profession, Williams served as a member of the Southeastern Conference executive team that negotiated the ESPN/CBS contract and he is a member of the NCAA Infraction Appeals Committee. Before arriving at Vanderbilt, Williams over-saw the Department of Athletics at Ohio State University.

Blackistone has a rich journalism background. He is a national columnist for AOL Sports, a panelist on ESPN’s Around the Horn, the Shirley Povich Chair in Sports Journalism at the Philip Merrill College of Journalism at the University of Maryland, and an occasional contributor to The Politico and XM Satellite Radio’s Sports Nation channel.

Blackistone is a former award-winning sports columnist for The Dallas Morning News from September 1990 to September 2006. He started his journalism career in earnest as a city reporter at The Boston Globe. In 1983, he moved to The Chicago Reporter, a monthly investigative magazine on Chicago’s racial and social issues. In 1986, Blackistone joined The Dallas Morning News. He also wrote the sports column for three years for Emerge, a monthly review of politics and culture that Time magazine hailed as an “uncompromising voice that made [it] the nation’s best black news magazine.”

Blackistone has covered the Summer Olympics, Wimbledon, the World Cup, the Tour de France, the British Open, the NBA Finals, Final Four, national college football championship, NFL playoffs, Major League Baseball playoffs, world championship boxing matches and other events.

On Point is a two-hour call-in radio show hosted by Tom Ashbrook, a former Boston Globe foreign editor and reporter, author and Internet entrepreneur. It is produced by WBUR in Boston and syndicated by National Public Radio. The show addresses news issues, as well as arts and culture, health, technology, environmental, and business topics. It is distributed to 190 public radio stations across the United States by NPR.

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