Award Winning Features Writer, Editor, Columnist & Commentator

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ABOUT GREGORY CLAY


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Award Winning Features Writer, Editor, Columnist & Commentator

CURRENT POSITION: Editor/Writer
Assistant Sports Editor - January 1996 to May 22, 2014
McClatchy-Tribune News Service (MCT) - Washington, D.C.
Duties included: Editing daily copy for newspaper clients Editing copy for long-term special projects Writing commentaries and opinion articles for MCT.
EDUCATION: University of North Carolina, graduated in 1980 with a B.A. in journalism and a concentration in biology.

For more than two decades Gregory Clay has been covering sports and offering issue-oriented commentaries as a journalist, editor and media consultant for major publications. Employed by McClatchy-Tribune News Service, Clay has always had his finger on the pulse of societal trends and high-profile sports figures, ranging from O.J. Simpson and Rae Carruth to Josh Gibson and Tiger Woods.

Gregory Clay has been a featured guest or commentator on local radio and television stations as well as major media outlets such as ESPN, Geraldo and BET. His journalism experience includes, not only McClatchy-Tribune, but also Newsday, and newspapers in Wichita, KS, Milledgeville, GA and Raleigh, NC.

A graduate of University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Clay served as an instructor providing an overview of the “basics” to aspiring writers on the college level. He has also participated as a panelist in workshops conducted by the National Association of Black Journalists, addressing sports journalism, editing and issues.

He has contributed feature columns to Internet outlets, including BlackVoices.com

Published Works


Entire articles or portions of articles written by Gregory Clay have appeared in the following books:

Black College Football, 1892-1992: One Hundred Years of History, Education and Pride (by Michael Hurd)

Headslap: The Life and Times of Deacon Jones (by John Klawitter)

They Cleared the Lane: The NBA's Black Pioneers (by Ron Thomas)

American Voices: Culture and Community (by Dolores Laguardia and Hans P. Guth)

Rugged Waters: Black Journalists Swim the Mainstream (by Wayne Dawkins)

By the Color of Our Skin: The Illusion of Integration and the Reality of Race (by Leonard Steinhorn and Barbara Diggs-Brown)

How to Play the Sports Recruiting Game and Get an Athletic Scholarship: The Handbook and Guide to Success for the African-American High School Student (by Rodney J. McKissic)

“I am an honest arbiter. Don’t tell people, readers, viewers and followers what to think, instead, tell them what to think about.”

 


PAST FEATURED STORIES

Freedom Summer Of Hope In 1964
McClatchy-Tribune News Service
The Ku Klux Klan, the most vile domestic terrorist organization of the 1960s, accosted three civil rights workers while they were driving near Philadelphia, Miss. The workers’ offense: trying to register southern black folk to vote and leading boycotts of segregated establishments. READ MORE

What about ‘Black Privilege’
By: Gregory Clay
We’ve been hearing a lot about the “P” word lately. It’s called “Privilege.” We’ve heard about White Privilege, Athletes Privilege, Educational Legacy Privilege, Presidential Privilege . . . . . Well, what about “Black Privilege.” The privilege to riot. We saw the out-of-control stepfather of Michael Brown screaming maniacally, “Burn This Bitch Down,” on Nov. 24 in riot-and-loot-torn Ferguson, Mo., three days before Thanksgiving
... READ MORE

The Book of Cosby
By: Gregory Clay
It almost came tumbling down . . . . . .
for Bill Cosby, that is. The year was 1965. Cosby had been cast in NBC-TV’s new prime-time drama “I Spy.” Except there was one problem: Cosby couldn’t act. The network wanted him gone. But Sheldon Leonard, the show’s acclaimed executive producer, aimed to salvage Cosby, who at the time was known moreso for being a popular stand-up comedian.... READ MORE

No Video Means No Outrage
By: Gregory Clay
It happened several years ago on Bill Maher’s late-night network talk show, “Politically Incorrect.” Rapper-actor-so-called activist Ice Cube essentially surmised during the panel: NFL players are violent on the field so don’t expect them to be... READ MORE

Taping Richard Nixon
By: Gregory Clay
Marvin Kalb, moderator of the anniversary panel and elite CBS News diplomatic correspondent in the 1960s and '70s, posed the question this way: “Why are we so fascinated with Richard Nixon --- even 40 years later?” Perhaps it’s the negativity that the former president conjures up by the mere mention of his name. READ MORE

Choosing Sides In Ferguson
By: Gregory Clay
The year was 2007, a few days after former Washington Redskins defensive back Sean Taylor was murdered on Nov. 27. I hopped into a cab at 14th and F streets, downtown Washington D.C. The cab driver originally was from Reidsville, N.C. We were discussing the hottest topic in the nation's capital at that time --- the killing of Taylor by four black teenagers.. READ MORE

Why Black Neighborhoods Don't Need Police
By: Gregory Clay
Hard choices. And we’re not talking about Hillary Clinton's political aspirations here. These choices relate to Ferguson, Mo., a town of 21,000 that has become a case study in Third World anarchy in a western civilization following the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown by police officer Darren Wilson.. READ MORE

Don Lemon and Bill O’Reilly told the truth
Journal Sentinel
There was an attack this past weekend. No, not with bullets and guns, but with angry, vengeful words. But with angry, vengeful words. Don Lemon, a news anchorman for CNN, issued what he hailed as "No Talking Points" on five ills that plague much of the black community. READ MORE

O.J. Simpson: 10 Years After The Verdict
The Augusta Chronicle, October 3, 2005
The tension was palpable. The anxiety was immense. The date was Oct. 3, 1995. The time was 1:07 p.m. EDT. That's when the court clerk announced Orenthal James Simpson was found "not guilty." It's been 10 years since that Tuesday in a downtown Los Angeles courtroom; has it really been that long already? READ MORE

The City's A'Changin'
McClatchy-Tribune Wire Special Sections, July 2, 2012
WASHINGTON - It's a four-minute bus ride. That's all. It takes four minutes in the heart of Washington to see night and day, a city of stark contrast. We're talking neighborhoods here. Like many major cities, the nation's capital is defined by "pockets." READ MORE

A timeline of civil rights anniversaries from 1963
McClatchy Tribune, August 21, 2013
The date is when Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. gave his game-changing "I Have a Dream" speech during the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. He started speaking at 3:01 that afternoon for 16 minutes. Timeless ... The year 1963 was a landmark time during the era of the civil rights movement. Here we are, remarkably, 50 years later. READ MORE

Sheryl Sandberg effect – Lean In or Lean Out
McClatchy-Tribune News Service
Sheryl Sandberg created a national firestorm earlier this year when she said women should “Lean In” aggressively to maximize their careers. The $64,000 question, though, is how realistic is that for most women? Not every woman is like Sandberg, who is the Harvard-educated chief operating officer for Facebook. READ MORE

Guest opinion: Journalist Aynesworth has covered historic day for 50 years
Originally published November 22, 2013, Billings Gazette
The conspiracy theories are endless. They seem to multiply like locusts. Just who REALLY was involved in the assassination of President John F. Kennedy? READ MORE

The Five Phases of B.J. Thomas - and the 'Raindrops'
McClatchy-Tribune News Service
The year was 1969. What was the "it" list? The upstart New York Jets shocked the world by rocking the vaunted Baltimore Colts in Super Bowl III. Neil Armstrong became the first person to walk on the moon. READ MORE

Making Their Marks - Historical and Cultural Contributions of Black Women
Prospectus News
Most of us know prominent black women in Hollywood - from Cicely Tyson to Halle Berry to Kerry Washington. We know superstar black athletes, such as the tennis-playing Williams sisters, and we remember bronze medalwinning figure skater Debi Thomas from the momentous Calgary Winter Olympics of 1988. READ MORE

 

FEATURED VIDEOS


Gregory Clay On The O'Reilly Factor

Baltimore, Gay Marriage, Hillary Clinton.

NSA, ISIS, FIFA.

What is PublicSquare.net?

Sexual assault victim carries a mattress.

Blacks in the Winter Olympics

Although few Black Olympians take part in the Winter Olympics, several brought back medals to their home countries. Season 2014

Guest appearance on the Geraldo Talk Show

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