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SMW 2014 - Paul Finebaum

Paul FinebaumPaul Finebaum

On-air Host, ESPN

Paul Finebaum has been called the "Voice of the SEC," one of the most powerful people in sports media, the "King of the South," and the "Oprah Winfrey of college football." He has received the University of Tennessee Accomplished Alumnus Award. Finebaum graduated with a degree in political science in 1978.

Finebaum, considered the leading sports authority in the South, joined ESPN in 2013. He does a regional radio show from Charlotte, N.C., and appears on a variety of other ESPN shows and outlets, including SportsCenter, College Football Live, College GameDay and in ESPN The Magazine. In August 2014, when ESPN's SEC Network launches, a television simulcast of Finebaum's radio show will anchor the network's afternoon lineup.

Prior to joining ESPN, he served as host of the Paul Finebaum Radio Network, which was syndicated on stations throughout the south including Alabama, Mississippi, South Carolina and Tennessee and heard nationally on Sirius XM Radio.

Finebaum's work has earned him more than 250 national, regional and local sports writing awards including being named one of Sports Illustrated's Most Powerful People in Sports Media in 2013, one of The Tennessean's Top SEC Power Brokers in 2002 and one of the Orlando Sentinel's 10 most powerful people in the SEC in 2009. Finebaum has been profiled in publications such as The New Yorker, the Wall Street Journal and the book, "Great Call: Why the Finebaum Show is America's Barbershop." He also has written two books, "The Worst of Paul Finebaum" and "Finebaum Said" and is currently working on a book about his career for HarperCollins Publishers.

Social Media Handle:

Twitter: @finebaum