Sports Reporter, Toronto Star, Toronto, ON. Born: Toronto, ON.
Morgan Campbell is a Sports Reporter for Canada’s biggest newspaper, the Toronto Star. Covering baseball, boxing and mixed martial arts, he won a National Newspaper Award for his sports writing on Long Shots, an eight-part serial narrative spanning a season in the life of a high school basketball team.
Morgan’s freelance work has appeared in KING, SLAM and Sway magazines. His broadcast work includes appearances on FAN 590, TSN’s Off The Record and ESPN’s SportsCentre. He is also the author of the Star’s, Fighting Words, blog.
Education: BS, Journalism, Northwestern University, Medill School of Journalism, Illinois (1999).
Favourite book? The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin. It was one of the first books I read that hadn’t been assigned for school; a fast read but a heavy one. It stoked my interest in storytelling and social commentary, and set me on the path the led to where I am today.
Favourite quote? “A hard head makes a soft behind.” – My mom, Jeanie Campbell.
Given the chance, what would you love to do that you have not done yet? Travel to South America, write a memoir and return to Canada fluent in Spanish, ready to start a book tour.
Who/what inspires you? Family inspires me. Having opportunities denied to Black folks a generation or two ago inspires me. The success of my peers inspires me. The better they do, the more I want to achieve. That’s positive peer pressure.
Why do you do what you do? Because I love telling stories. Period.