RJ Young

RJ Young is a writer and author with more than a decade of experience covering sports, as well as U.S. history, race, legislation, culture, and more. He is the author of “Let It Bang: A Young Black Man’s Reluctant Odyssey into Guns” (2018) and “Requiem for the Massacre: A Black History on the Conflict, Hope, and Fallout of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre” (2022). His work has appeared in Grantland, Racialicious, The Oklahoman, USA Today, This Land Press, Knoxville News Sentinel, Tulsa World, and SB Nation, among other publications. Based in Tulsa, Oklahoma, he is currently a national college football analyst.

• 10+ years of experience as a professional writer
• Host of "The Number One Show" on Fox Sports
• Graduate of the Sports Journalism Institute
• Received a 2013 Diversity Fellowship from Investigative Reporters and Editors, Inc.
• Finalist in the sports reporting category in the 2014 Great Plains Journalism Awards
• Received a bachelor's degree from the University of Tulsa
• Received a master's degree in professional writing from the University of Oklahoma

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