Greater Columbus Basketball Legend Association
2019 GCBLA INDUCTEE
Wil Haygood is a prominent American journalist and author of several best-selling biographies and other works of non-fiction. Haygood was born in 1954 in Columbus, Ohio. He grew up in Columbus, Ohio and graduated from Miami University in 1976. Haygood worked as a manager at a department store in New York City but later was fired from that position. He decided to become a journalist. Although he had little formal training, the Charleston (West Virginia) Gazette hired him as a copy editor. Two years later, Haygood accepted a position with the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. In 1984, Haygood became a staff writer at the Boston Globe and as a national and foreign correspondent. He remained with this newspaper for the next seventeen years. In 1991, he became a writer for the Style Section of the Washington Post. Haygood has received numerous awards, including the Sunday Magazine Editors Award, the New England Associated Press Award, and the National Association of Black Journalists Award for Foreign Reporting. Haygood has written several books. These include Two on the River, King of Cats: The Life and Times of Adam Clayton Powell Jr., The Haygoods of Columbus: A Love Story, and The Butler: A Witness to History. Most recently he penned Tigerland, which is the story of the illustrious legacy of the Columbus East HS basketball and baseball state championships in 1969 and their dominance during a time of great racial oppression in Columbus, Ohio and the nation.