Brian Windhorst Meme, Wife, Podcast, Net Worth, and Salary

Brian Windhorst Biography

Brian Windhorst is a popular American sportswriter who covers the NBA. Before, he was the Cleveland Cavaliers beat writer for the Akron Beacon Journal from 2003 until the summer of 2008. He started to work for the Cleveland newspaper, The Plain Dealer in October 2008.

Brian shifted to ESPN in 2010 following LeBron James leaving the Cleveland Cavaliers for the Miami Heat. He has written many books on James, such as The Franchise (2007), LeBron James: The Making of an MVP (2009), and Return of the King (2017).

Quick Facts

Born January 29, 1978 (age 46)
Height 6 ft 2 in  (approx. 1.88 m)
Wife Maureen Ellen Fulton
Twitter @WindhorstESPN
Net Worth  $1 million.

Brian Windhorst Age

Brian is 46 years old. He was born on January 29, 1978, in Akron, OH, in the United States. Brian celebrates his birthday on January 29, every year.

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Brian’s Photo

Early Life And Education

He was born in Akron, OH, to his parents Merrylou Windhorst of Akron, Ohio, and Todd E. Windhorst of Austintown, Ohio. Brian’s mom Merrylou worked as a health and sex education teacher at St. Vincent-St. Mary. His father was one of the honchos of the 21st Roy Hobbs World Series which Tom Giffen, a retired BJ sports editor, manages. Brian studied at St. Vincent–St. Mary High School in Akron, Ohio. In 2000, he earned a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from Kent State University.

Brian Windhorst Wife

Brian is married to his wife Maureen Ellen Fulton. His wife is an attorney who graduated from the University of Missouri and earned a law degree from Ohio State. Their wedding was in 2012 in a lavish outdoor ceremony at Lauritzen Gardens in Omaha. In 2018, they welcomed a son named Dane Windhorst.


Brian, an ESPN sportswriter, got the meme treatment on Twitter after he delivered a dramatic take about the Utah Jazz. Now Why Is That meme began during his appearance on ESPN’s “First Take” on July 1, 2022.


Besides writing for ESPN, Brian hosts the famous Hoop Collective podcast. In the Hoop Collective podcast, he and a team of ESPN Insiders talk about life in and around the NBA globe. The Hoop Collective podcast has been of good help to all sportscasters worldwide.


In July 2022, Brian asked “Why would the Jazz do that?” as he pointed up two fingers.

Lebron James

Brian started covering LeBron James during his high school playing career and started covering the Cavaliers in 2003, the year that LeBron was drafted. While LeBron was the youngest player in the NBA, he was the youngest traveling NBA beat writer. In 2007, Brian co-authored The Franchise: LeBron James and the Remaking of the Cleveland Cavaliers alongside sports analyst Terry Pluto. His writing at The Plain Dealer was honored by the United States Basketball Writers Association due to Best Game Story in 2009, and by the Associated Press.


There is an Animated GIF of Brian pointing his fingers upwards.

Why Is That

In mid-2022, Brian uttered a catchphrase Now Why Is That? when he was on ESPN’s talk show First Take.

Brian Windhorst ESPN

He departed The Plain Dealer in 2010 for ESPN to report James’ new team, the Miami Heat. Before leaving The Plain Dealer, Brian worked on columns for and served on ESPN First Take. During an interview, he said that “obviously LeBron’s a huge factor” in his decision to join ESPN, but that the Cavaliers “need to move on” minus James.

It was announced on October 10, 2014, that Brian would be part of ESPN Cleveland on WKNR AM 850 in Cleveland to serve as their Cavaliers beat reporter and analyst. He would also host his weekly program on sister station WWGK AM 1540. The step followed James’ re-signing with the Cavaliers in 2014.

Some of Brian’s colleagues at ESPN are:

Angela Rye – Special Correspondent.

Kelsey Riggs – Anchor and Reporter.

Hubie Brown – Play-by-Play.

Rece Davis – Play-by-Play.


Brian resides in Omaha, Nebraska, in the United States.


Brian was joined by ESPN’s Jamal Collier and Bobby Marks to discuss the Bulls’ struggles, and whether Chicago will be a trade target for teams. Lately, he speculated that the San Antonio Spurs could be able to land a spot for a veteran player searching for a new situation.


Brian is healthy. On April 1, 2024, he was joined by ESPN’s Tim Bontemps and Jorge Sedano to talk about health problems for the Knicks. As per Brian from ESPN, health concerns are preventing the Celtics from trading Malcolm Brogdon.

Playing Basketball

Brian is a basketball journalist who became recognized nationally for his extensive coverage of LeBron James during the superstar’s debut stint with the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Height Weight

Brian is a man of tall stature who stands at a height of 6 ft 2 in (approx. 1.88 m) and weighs 65 kg (143 lbs).


As a sportswriter for ESPN and commentator covering the NBA, Brian’s average salary is $82,786 per year.

Net Worth

Brian has been a sportswriter and author for over two decades and has accumulated a net worth of $2 million.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is Brian Windhorst Married?

Since 2012, Brian has been married to Maureen Ellen Fulton.

Where Does Brian Windhorst live?

As of now, Brian resides in Omaha, Nebraska, in the United States.

Did Brian Windhorst Play Basketball?

Brian has only covered the basketball star LeBron James’ career since he was 14.

Social Media Handles

Twitter – @WindhorstESPN

Instagram – windhorstespn