- - Friday, September 16, 2011

Carla Peay, sports writer for The Washington Times, is the co-winner of the 2011 Black Press All Star Awards for Sports Writer of the Year.

Peay tied with ESPN columnist and radio host Stephen A. Smith for the award. Peay and Smith received the most votes in a category that included former Washington Post columnist and current ESPN host Michael Wilbon, Chi-Chi Anunkor, Tony Williams, and Jerald Hoover.

“It’s always an honor just to be nominated with such distinguished group of sports writers. I feel blessed and privileged to have won this award,” Peay said.

“I have had the opportunity to cover sports at all levels for the past decade, and now that I’m here with The Washington Times with so many talented co-workers, I hope to continue to grow and improve as a journalist.

“It feels great to win awards for your work, but it’s not about us — it’s about the stories we get to tell.”

Peay joined The Times in March as the Wizards and the Mystics beat writer, and has also assisted with coverage of the Capitals, Redskins and the U.S. Open. She has a bachelor’s degree in journalism and an master’s degree in sports management from The Ohio State University. Peay is also a member of the National Association of Black Journalists and the Professional Basketball Writers of America.

“I’m thrilled that Carla’s hard work and the quality of her work has been recognized,” said Times sports editor Mike Harris. “We’re happy she’s part of our team at The Times and we’re excited about her contributions to our section in the future.”