The Tim McKernan Show – Ep. 87: Candace Buckner

Candace Buckner Trail Blazer sports writer. (Troy Wayrynen/The Columbian)

The St. Louis native and Washington Post reporter was the only African American woman working an NBA beat until recently.  She chatted with Tim in May 2018…


  • The in-depth piece Candace wrote on Jayson Tatum’s barber
  • What led her to pursue a career in print rather than broadcast
  • Where was her first stop after leaving University of Missouri
  • How did her reporting assignments differ around the country
  • What was her experience as an NBA fan growing up in STL
  • What is her rapport like with St. Louis native Bradley Beal
  • Has she encountered any issues working in the locker room
  • Are male athletes today more likely to open up to a woman
  • Explanation for Dan Majerle rekindling her interest in NBA
  • Recalling the classic Lakers vs. Celtics rivalry in the 1980’s
  • Discussing the diversity among reporters covering the sport
  • What is her view of this city as a native St. Louisan in D.C.
  • Which cities are next in line for NBA expansion franchises


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