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The Boxing Writers Association of America’s purpose is to foster the highest professional and ethical standards in boxing journalism, print and electronic, and to promote better working conditions for those who cover the sport. Qualified writers interested in joining are encouraged to answer the questionnaire below and send answers with requested story links to Thomas Gerbasi at tgerbasi@gmail.com.

 

The BWAA is an organization of professional journalists. We’re not for hobbyists and passionate fans, even those who have found online outlets that are willing to run their writing. A significant number of applicants are not accepted for membership. This is not a matter of personalities. It reflects the same need for standards that is maintained by other professional writers’ organizations, such as the Baseball Writers Association of America.

 

The seven-member BWAA committee that votes on membership applications requires all applicants to show a substantial body of work relating to boxing. We look for articles that are full journalistic work; not short fight reports, lists, personal analyses, or Q&A pieces. The act of writing a hundred pieces about boxing does not necessarily qualify an applicant for membership.

 

Qualified applicants fit into two categories: full and “auxiliary” membership. Full members have privileges including voting in BWAA elections and voting for nominees to the International Boxing Hall of Fame. Auxiliary members are those who have achieved a certain level of accomplishment but have not yet amassed a body of work in terms of quality and quantity that warrants full voting privileges. An auxiliary member can apply for reconsideration of his or her classification after writing more extensively. In the past, the BWAA granted auxiliary membership to some non-writers affiliated with the sport, but that policy has changed. The BWAA will be considering those media members that cover boxing as full members.

 

If you would like to apply, please answer the following questions and address your e-mail to tgerbasi@mindspring.com:

 

  • For whom do you write about boxing? You can include print and online journalism as well as books.

  • How long have you been writing about boxing?

  • Approximately how many by-lined articles have you written about boxing?

  • How often, if at all, do you cover fights live at ringside?

  • What is your “day” job?

  • Have any of your fight-related expenses (for example, hotel and travel) been subsidized by a promoter, sanctioning body, manager, or other member of the boxing community other than a publication that you have written for? If the answer is “yes,” please explain.

  • Are there any current BWAA members whom you can list as references; and if so, whom?

  • Are there any other factors that should be weighed in considering your application? 


 

Also, if you wish to apply, please submit links to a half-dozen recent articles about boxing that you’re proud of having written. These links should represent your best work. 

 

Approved applicants are required to pay an annual $40 dues fee, which can be processed through Paypal on this site or through a check sent to the BWAA post office box. 

BWAA MEMBERS

 

JOSEPH SANTOLIQUITO (Lifetime)

CARLOS ACEVEDO

MATT AGUILAR
MICK AKERS

MANOUK AKOPYAN
TOM ARCHDEACON

DANIEL ATTIAS

BART BARRY
ADAM BERLIN

GREG BISHOP

RON BORGES

KENNETH BOUHAIRIE

RHETT BUTLER

MATT CHRISTIE
RICHARD CLOUTIER

PATRICK CONNOR

MIKE COPPINGER

TIM DAHLBERG

JOHN DENNEN

TRIS DIXON

JAMES DOMBROWSKI
TOM DONELSON
JAKE DONOVAN

COYOTE DURAN

BILL DWYRE

STEVE FARHOOD

BERNARD FERNANDEZ (Lifetime)
DOUG FISCHER
LYLE FITZSIMMONS

SUE FOX

NORM FRAUENHEIM
THOMAS GERBASI

TIM GRAHAM (Lifetime)

MIKE GREENHILL
DAVID GREISMAN
LEE GROVES

THOMAS HAUSER

JACK HIRSCH (Lifetime)

KEITH IDEC
JERRY IZENBERG (Lifetime)

JOSH KATZOWITZ

RONAN KEENAN

MARK KRIEGEL
ZACH LEVIN

VLADIMIR LIK

THOM LOVERRO

GORDON MARINO
WALLACE MATTHEWS (Lifetime)
JEFF MacGREGOR

RYAN MAQUINANA

KELSEY McCARSON

GUNNAR MEINHARDT

GREG MOORE
DIEGO MORILLA
KIERAN MULVANEY
BOB MUTTER

SEAN NAM

JOHN ODEN
ANTHONY CARTER PAIGE 

(Lifetime)
SANTOS A. PEREZ
ADAM POLLACK
JASON PRIBILA
LANCE PUGMIRE
DAN RAFAEL
ERIC RASKIN

RICK REENO
MATT RICHARDSON
CHRIS ROCHE
CLIFFORD L. ROLD II
MICHAEL ROSENTHAL
RON ROSS
CARLO ROTELLA

LUDO SAENZ

ROBERTO SANTIAGO
LEM SATTERFIELD
ED SCHUYLER, JR. (Lifetime)

RYAN SONGALIA
THOMAS K. STEWART

DON STRADLEY

TIM STRUBY

JIMMY TOBIN

SPRINGS TOLEDO

PAUL UPHAM

CHRIS WALKER

GENE WANG
DAVID WEINBERG

PAUL WHEELER

GEORGE WILLIS

PETER WOOD

MICHAEL J. WOODS

ELLIOT WORSELL

AUXILIARY MEMBERS


ISMAEL ABDUSALAAM

JIM AMATO
GINA ANDRIOLO

RICK ASSAD

TEDDY BLACKBURN
STEPHANIE BRADFORD

STEVE BRENER

SHAUN BROWN
BILL CAPLAN

JOSE CORPAS

WILLIAM EMES
AMY FERNANDEZ

JEFFREY FREEMAN

JASON GONZALEZ

MARGARET GOODMAN, MD

JEREMY HERRIGES

PHIL JAY (JONES) 

ARNE K. LANG (LANGVAD)

ANDREW LAPACHET

RAYMOND MARKARIAN

GAUTHAM NAGESH

RYAN O'HARA
DECLAN O’KELLY

RICHARD QUINONES

FRANCISCO SALAZAR

TED SARES
DANNY SERRATELLI
SEAN SULLIVAN 
AARON TALLENT 

NICK WONG
+ Lifetime membership