Bomani Jones

Bomani JonesBomani Jones is a media personality, longtime ESPN host and commentor, and Sports Emmy award winner. Jones is known for incisive takes on sports, politics and race, delivered on a range of ESPN programming. Currently, he hosts the popular ESPN podcast, “The Right Time with Bomani Jones.” Previously, he hosted daily television show “High Noon,” alongside co-host Pablo Torre, and he has regularly appeared on ESPN’s most popular programming, including “SportsCenter,” “Around the Horn,” “First Take,” “Highly Questionable” and “The Dan Le Batard Show.” He began working for ESPN as a columnist in 2004.

Jones is also a contributor to HBO’s “Back on the Record with Bob Costas,” and he has a new HBO program, “Game Theory with Bomani Jones” set to premier in 2022.

Jones won a 2015 Sports Emmy for Outstanding Sports Documentary, and his prior experience includes work as a music and pop culture critic, as well as a sports radio host in North Carolina. Jones earned a bachelor’s degree from Clark Atlanta University and graduate degrees from Claremont Graduate University and the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill.



About the Axthelm Memorial Program

The Pete and Bonnie Axthelm Memorial Program was established in 1994 at Marquette University (Milwaukee, Wisconsin) to acknowledge and recognize the life of Pete Axthelm and his sister Bonnie. Every year this program awards a scholarship to an outstanding Marquette journalism student with an expressed interest in sports journalism.

Pete Axthelm was one of America's foremost sports journalists. Although a Yale alum, he created ties to Marquette University while working on his critically acclaimed book, "The City Game," which covers the glory and tragedy of New York basketball. While writing and researching his book, Axthelm sought the expertise of such Marquette notables as Al McGuire, Pat Smith, and Dean Meminger.

During his distinguished career as a sportswriter and columnist for the New York Herald Tribune, Sports Illustrated and Newsweek, Pete established a reputation as a gifted journalist. His knowledge of sports combined with his journalistic skills led him to sports commentator positions for NBC and ESPN.

Bonnie Axthelm was among the highest ranking women at 3M Europe during her lifetime. She began her notable career as a secretary at Media Networks Incorporated, eventually rising through the company to hold the top position of Executive Director of Corporate Marketing and Public Affairs. Bonnie’s name was added to the memorial scholarship in after her death in 1998.

Past Axthelm Scholarship Recipients
Past Axthelm Lecture Speakers
Selected Works by Pete Axthelm