Jon Solomon

Jon Solomon is editorial director of the Sports & Society Program, supporting its mission to convene leaders, facilitate dialogue and inspire solutions that help sport serve the public interest. He oversees the program’s communications platforms, develops content, and manages select projects within its signature initiative, Project Play, which is focused on developing healthy communities through sport.

Prior to the Aspen Institute, Jon was an award-winning sports journalist and won 20 national honors in his career. Most recently, he worked as a national college football reporter at and was vice president of the Football Writers Association of America. At The Birmingham (Ala.) News, Jon twice won Associated Press Sports Editors awards for investigative stories. He was also a Clemson sports beat writer for The (Columbia, S.C.) State and The Anderson (S.C.) Independent-Mail and covered high school sports for The Washington Post. He has appeared as a commentator on national TV, radio and podcasts.

A strong advocate of youth sports participation, Jon helps coach his two sons’ teams in Urbana, Md., where he lives with his wife Mandy. He is a graduate of the University of Maryland. He can be reached at and followed on Twitter and Facebook at @JonSolomonAspen.

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