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Geoff Calkins

Title: Sports columnist
Contact: 901-529-2364 | Send Geoff an email

About Geoff Calkins


When Geoff Calkins flew to Memphis to interview for the job as sports columnist, he was taken to a RiverKings game at the Mid-South Coliseum. That was the local sports scene. Since then, AutoZone Park was built at 3rd and Union, John Calipari came and went, Mike Tyson fought in Memphis (twice!) and the Grizzlies moved to the city and launched 10,000 growl towels. Calkins doesn't actually take credit for these happy developments, mind you. But he has enjoyed the ride.

Calkins grew up on a small farm outside Buffalo, N.Y., where he was one of nine kids. He graduated from Harvard and Harvard Law School, but he's not as snooty as that sounds. After law school, he clerked on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit and worked for two years at a 500-lawyer firm in Washington D.C., all of which was absolutely as miserable as it sounds. So he quit and started writing about sports. He worked in Anniston (Ala.) and Ft. Lauderdale and wound up in Memphis nearly two decades ago. Since then, he's covered seven Olympics, won a lot of awards (best columnist in the country three times) and come to think of himself as a Memphian. He has three sons and two Bernese Mt. Dogs, who have developed their own following on Twitter.

Geoff Calkins

Position History

  • Sports columnist
    10/08/1995 - current

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