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Sheryl Wilbon


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Full NameSheryl Wilbon
First NameSheryl
Last NameWilbon
Professionformer lawyer
Birth CityWashington, D.C.
Birth CountryUnited States
Gender IdentityFemale
Sexual OrientationStraight
Marital StatusMarried
SpouseMichael Wilbon
No Of Children1
Date of Birth1965
Married DateApril 9,1997

Sheryl Wilbon is an American former lawyer

She is recognized as the wife of commentator and sportswriter Michael Wilbon

Married Life

She is a married woman. 

She and her husband, Michael Wilbon, got married on 9 April 1997 after having a love affair for several years. 

They are still together and spending blissful married life. 

They have already celebrated their 23rd wedding anniversary to date. 

They are a happily married couple and have no rumors of their separation to date.

Sheryl Wilbon with husband, Michael Wilbon
Sheryl Wilbon with husband, Michael Wilbon. Source: Home & Design magazines

Husband, Michael Wilbon

Michael Wilbon, full name Michael Ray Wilbon is best known as an analyst for the popular channel ESPN

He is also known as a co-host of the popular show 'Pardon the Interruption on ESPN.

He was born on 19 November 1958 in Chicago, Illinois, United States. He is an American by nationality. 

His mother's name is the late Cleo Wilbon. She passed away in 2019. He has a brother named Donald Wilbon

He graduated in Journalism from Northwestern University

He began his career at The Washington Post in 1980 as a sportswriter

Pregnancy Issues And Their Son

Talking about her children, she has only one son

She and her husband welcomed their son on 26 March 2008 via surrogate

She had to suffer significant complication issues in her pregnancy, and the doctor advised her to plan a baby through the surrogacy process. 

The couple agreed with the doctor's advice, and the result was their son Matthew Raymond Wilbon

He has a grown-up boy, and Michael has shared several photos of him on his Instagram. He loves sports.

He posted a photo of his son on 27 January 2020, where his son is shaking hands with Kobe Bryant, and he is also there. 

He posted that photo to give tribute to Kobe Bryant, a basketball player who died on 26 January 2020. 

Matthew looks so happy to meet the legendary in that photo with a heart-wrenching caption. The caption is 

'I don't know…'

Sheryl Wilbon's son shaking hand with Kobe Bryant.
Sheryl Wilbon's son shaking hand with Kobe Bryant. Source: Instagram

How did Michael Wilbon end up in the broadcast?

Ending up in broadcast for Michael was sheer luck, as per Michael. At the age of 15, Michael knew exactly what he wanted in his life, and that was to work for a big newspaper, but he had not expected it would turn out differently.

According to him, other than watching TV, he neither expected nor cared about going on television. 

He used to write for suburban newspapers late at night on Sunday night about the high school sports happening on the weekend. He freelanced and also wrote for all the sporting news. 

Then, sports reporters came on air, and the late producer Joe Valero started calling him in 1990, and about the same time, he became a columnist. 

He was 30 at the time and was single, so he thought it to be a good idea. 

He would go and be on sports reporters on Sunday mornings, and the same producer was producing a segment from Prime Monday, which later became Monday Count down, where Mike Tirico was the host, and he was on the show with Joe Theismann

They were on the show every Monday for six years. Then he was called on the show hosted by the late George Michael hosted in Washington

Later, a pilot for another show happened, and that was a basketball show that made 40 weeks a year. He was in Washington, DC, with George

At the time, Mark Shapiro was in his 20s and used to see him and Tony Kornheiser arguing in their offices in Washington Post

They had been doing the same thing they have been doing currently in Pardon the Interruption. The only difference was there was no camera and no extra money. 

Mark, at the time, was an entry-level producer and, seeing them arguing and screaming at the office, said that he was going to put them on television if he got to be big. 

Four years after, while Michael was at the NBA finals in L.A., Mark called him saying that he was going to be named president of programming for ESPN, and the very first thing he was going to do was to put Michael and Tony on the television as he had said earlier. 

He said they needed content, an opinion having said that ESPN has everything but opinion. Michael and Tony both covered everything, and there was nothing they hadn’t seen covered. 

Their experience enhanced them to get to know people. And also knew how to bring that conversation in television. They were put on television, and they did.

Sheryl Wilbon husband Michael Wilbon with Tony Kornheiser in Pardon the Interruption.
Sheryl Wilbon husband Michael Wilbon with Tony Kornheiser in Pardon the Interruption. Source: Facebook

Michael had no future in science or Math

Michael himself had admitted that from the age of seven only, he knew that he had no future in math or science. 

He even revealed that his score in math was always subterranean, whereas his English scores and reading were at the top. 

It gave him a little confidence as a kid. Michael, since then adored reading and writing and putting it all together in the language part. 

Michael also shared his moments when he was in 5th grade. He remembers how he corrected his professor’s mistake at the time of diagramming sentences. 

Since then, his teacher had called him toward the board to diagram sentences in front of the whole class. 

He was so confident while he was a kid as he had admitted that he knew the language and put it together all way. 

Michael recalls how he used to have a thick grammar book with him in his pocket as he claimed to be worded as magic to him. 

Michael also shared about his favorite people while growing up in his family. 

He mentioned his Baptist preacher, his dad, whom he confessed to having a very less formal education but still is great at riveting stories. 

In the context of his professional life, Michael says that people think journalism is complicated, but for him, it’s just a way of storytelling. 

He also took the names of Steven Spielberg and the O.J. Simpson trial and also added that whether it is covering a school board meeting as it is boring or mundane, it always grabs your attention. 

He also confronted wanting to do that at some level as well. 

He shared how his dad was a blue-collar worker and also a person who had a big interest in politics, whereas his mom served as an educator. 

There used to always be enriching talks and debates in his household. Nevertheless, he always knew his interest was in sports always. 

He says he was pretty good at everything but not a great athlete. 

He recalled him as one of those children who used to play everything but was chosen early to play everything as the main reason for it was him being a competitor and having the passion for always winning.

Net Worth

She is a wife of a famous broadcaster. Her husband, Michael, has a net worth of 16 million dollars

His salary is 6 million dollars per year. He manages to earn that sum of money from his journalism career

He began his career at The Washington Post

He has covered several popular games such as college sports, Major League Baseball, National Football League, and many more.

He left The Washington Post on 7 December 2010 to join ESPN. 

Currently, he works as an ESPN commentator and reporter

Some of the highest-paid sports journalists with their net worth and salary are shown below.

Name Net Worth (Dollars)Salary (Dollars)
Jim Rome75 million15 million
Bob Costas45 million7 million
Thierry Henry70 million5 million


  1. She was born in 1965 in the United States. Her exact birthday is not available on her wiki sites.
  2. She is American by nationality.
  3. She is a native of Washington, D.C.
  4. She graduated in Law from Duke University in 1992.
  5. Currently, she lives in Bethesda, Maryland, with her husband and son.

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