Chuck Culpepper and I were friends for years before I ever met him — we used to talk about music and storytelling on a chat room created by some fellow writers back in the Internet’s dial-up days. Chuck is one of the few openly gay male sportswriters in America.
He’s also a sort of real-life version of the George Clooney character in “Up In the Air” — he roams the world so voraciously that he went years without an official address. What has he seen on all those travels? And why has he kept moving for so long? That’s what we’re about to find out.
These days Chuck writes about sports for the Washington Post. He was in Charlotte last week for the ACC men’s basketball tournament. Here’s what he wrote about Duke star Zion Williamson’s performance in the tournament: “… the event gave a sort of demonstration of basketball evolution, how in the year 2019, humanity can fashion a 285-pound man who moves like an optical illusion.”
Nobody else writes like Chuck Culpepper.
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- Chuck's Washington Post story archive
- His Instagram feed, featuring photos from his travels
- His story, in his own words, from the Shirley Povich Center for Sports Journalism
- The story where he came out, from Sports on Earth in 2013
- His farewell to his sportswriting job in the Middle East
- His book, "Bloody Confused," about moving to London and learning to love soccer
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