NBA Hall of Famer Charles Barkley can now add another award to his resume.
The Emmy-winning broadcaster and former Philadelphia 76er will be honored with the 18th Lew Klein Excellence in the Media Award in October, Klein College announced on Monday.
An NBA Hall of Famer and an 11-time NBA All Star, Barkley was also a member of the United States Olympic basketball teams in 1992 and 1996, earning two gold medals. After his retirement from the sport, he began a career in broadcasting in 2000 with TNT. Today, you can watch Barkley as an analyst for the networks “Inside the NBA.”
“Charles Barkley is not only a keen analyst of basketball, he is an important and influential voice in American culture,” said David Boardman, dean of the Klein College said in a statement released by the school. “He was known in the NBA for his ethic of hard work and intensity, and has brought that ethic to his work in media.”
Ahead of the awards luncheon, students will have an opportunity to have a candid conversation with the all star.
Barkley joins the ranks of past honorees including Tina Fey, Wolf Blitzer, Dean Baquet, Whoopi Goldberg, and many more.
The Klein College also announced the five alumni honorees receiving the Alumni in the Media award:
- Marsha Cooke, KLN ’87, senior vice president content strategy, VICE Media
- Jim Gallagher, KLN ’78, retired, former vice president and general manager, Comcast Spotlight
- David Maialetti, KLN ’89, staff photographer, The Philadelphia Inquirer and Philadelphia Daily News
- Tifani Roberts, KLN ’91, journalist, Univision
- Fred Stein, KLN ’72, senior partner, The Creative Group
The Rising Star Award will be given to Will Yip, KLN ’08, president, Black Cement Records and partner, Studio 4 Recording. Not awarded every year, it is given to young alumni who are making their mark on the industry early on in their career.
The Lew Klein Excellence in the Media Awards will be held October 5, in Mitten Hall.