Bob Kravitz: Controversial Sports Columnist

Bob Kravitz is an award-winning sports columnist with the Indianapolis Star, and the former radio host of the “Kravitz and Eddie Show” on WFNI-AM 1070 The Fan.

Kravitz grew up in Long Island, New York, but moved to the North Shore of Chicago, Illinois during his junior year of high school. A life-long hockey enthusiast, Kravitz played goalie for New Trier High School in Winnetka, Illinois, and also worked at the school newspaper. After high school, he moved to Bloomington, Indiana, to attend Indiana University. He continued his hockey career by playing goalie for the IU club team, and also served as a sportswriter for the Indiana Daily Student, IU’s acclaimed student newspaper.

Kravitz cites March 30, 1981 as the night he absolutely fell in love with the newspaper business. On that evening, the IU basketball team, led by Isiah Thomas and coached by Bob Knight, beat North Carolina to win the National Championship. It was also the same day that President Ronald Reagan was shot, creating a dilemma on what kind of tone the next day’s coverage should have.

While in Bloomington, he worked as an intern for the Knoxville News-Sentinel, the Boston Globe, and the Cincinnati Enquirer. After graduation, he got a job with The Record, in Hackensack, New Jersey, where he wrote features and covered the New Jersey Nets. After two years, he made the decision to move to the San Diego Union, presumably to cover the NBA’s Clippers. The Clippers left for Los Angeles shortly after his arrival, and without an NBA team, San Diego left little else of national importance for Kravitz to write about.

He went from there to the Pittsburgh Press, and was then approached by Sports Illustrated about joining the magazine’s writing staff. He was only 25 at the time, and things didn’t exactly work out, as Kravitz told the The Big Lead:

“I know I wasn’t emotionally ready for the job and didn’t handle things well. At the same time, I could have used some patience and guidance, and, well, if you’re at SI, either you’re ready or not. I had my dream job at 25 and was standing on an unemployment line at 27. Humbling, to say the least.”

He was plucked from the “scrap heap” by Gene Williams of the Cleveland Plain Dealer after he parted ways with Sports Illustrated, and spent several years in Cleveland before joining the Rocky Mountain News as the lead columnist, a position he held for 10 years.

Kravitz came to Indianapolis, Indiana in 2000 to work for the Indianapolis Star in a similar capacity. Never afraid to take an unpopular stance, he drew the ire of many Indy sports fans when he called beloved Indianapolis Colts coach Tony Dungy a “hypocrite” for returning to coach the team in 2008. He has also directed harsh criticism at Peyton Manning for his lack of playoff success, and at Larry Bird and Jim O’Brien and the dismal state of the Indiana Pacers. While many people talk openly about despising the columnist, he remains very relevant on the local sports scene.

In January of 2008, he joined forces with Eddie White to form the “Kravitz and Eddie Show” on WFNI-AM 1070 The Fan. The show eventually rose to the top of the ratings in the Indy market, but citing the desire to have only one host, he was let go by Emmis Communications Corp in March of 2010. White was retained for a short while, before being replaced by John Michael Vincent, the former host of “The Drive” on WNDE-AM 1260.

Kravitz currently resides in Indianapolis with his wife and two teenage daughters.

Behind the scenes with “Kravitz and Eddie” formerly a show on 1070 The Fan


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