LOS ANGELES, August 8, 2023 – FOX Sports Radio’s Rob Parker, co-host of The Odd Couple with Chris Broussard and Rob Parker, MLB Network analyst and founder/editor of MLBbro.com, was inducted into the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) Hall of Fame on Friday, August 4, in Birmingham, Ala. The ceremony took place during the NABJ Convention & Career Fair at the Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex. Parker was honored for his 37-year career in journalism, during which he broke barriers and uplifted young sports writers.
Accepting the honor at the Hall of Fame Induction and Luncheon, Parker said: “Thank you to NABJ. There's nothing better than being honored by your own people, your peers, so this is very special to me. I want to thank my family, my friends, all the people who have supported me throughout the years… all my mentees - they fuel me, they inspire me every day… how I got here is that plenty of people helped me along the way, and that's what it's all about.”
“We couldn’t be more proud of Rob,” said Julie Talbott, President of Premiere Networks. “He truly deserves this recognition for his trailblazing career in sports journalism and for his continuing efforts to elevate and mentor the next generation.”
For more information about the NABJ Hall of Fame and all the honorees, visit https://nabjonline.org/blog/nabj-announces-2023-hall-of-fame-inductees-and-special-honors-recipients/.
About Rob Parker
Rob Parker’s career started with a bang. At 22, he was a full-time sportswriter at the Daily News in New York. Along the way, Parker was a trailblazer, becoming the first African American sports columnist at the Detroit Free Press (1993) and at Newsday in New York (1995). In 1993, Parker was the first African American beat writer to cover the Cincinnati Reds for The Cincinnati Enquirer. He was also an award-winning sports columnist at The Detroit News for nine years. In Detroit, Parker had a long-running radio show, “Sports Night with Parker and The Man.” On TV, he worked for WDIV Local 4 for 20 years as an analyst and fill-in anchor. At WXYZ TV, he was the 10pm sports anchor in 2016. Parker, a New York native, graduated with a degree in journalism from Southern Connecticut State University and went on to receive a Master’s degree in journalism from Columbia University. In 2018, he was named National Association of Black Journalists Sports Journalist of the Year. Parker joined FOX Sports Radio in March 2018 to host “The Odd Couple” with Chris Broussard on Sundays, and in just six months, the show was promoted to a weekday timeslot. Parker also hosts “Inside the (Rob) Parker Podcast,” a baseball-themed podcast on the FOX Sports Radio Podcast Network, and is an adjunct professor at USC. Most recently, Parker launched MLBbro.com, a website produced in partnership with Major League Baseball to chronicle the paths of Black and brown professional baseball players from the past and present. Fans can follow @RobParkerMLBbro on X and Instagram.
About The Odd Couple with Chris Broussard and Rob Parker
“The Odd Couple with Chris Broussard and Rob Parker” features dynamic discussion as these two polar opposites take listeners through the latest happenings in sports. With backgrounds in journalism and additional work as TV analysts, Chris Broussard and Rob Parker entertain and inform sports fans daily. Broadcasting Monday through Friday from 7 to 10 p.m. ET/4 to 7 p.m. PT, “The Odd Couple” can be heard on nearly 350 radio stations nationwide, in addition to iHeartRadio. For more information, please visit FOXSportsRadio.iHeart.com.