Washington Post sends bad speller to cover Spelling Bee

The Washington Post

The Washington Post's "assistant managing editor for humiliation" assigned Steve Hendrix to cover the Scripps National Spelling Bee. "I read millions of words a year, write them by the thousands and still misspell at a clip of about a clunker per line," Hendrix writes. He says he was once "invited to a neurology lab at Yale University" because "Scientists wanted to know how a professional writer who adores words can be so completely awful at spelling them."

Hendrix promises to send "dangerously spelled dispatches from the auditorium" at the Scripps Bee, whose preliminary rounds began Wednesday. Perhaps mercifully, Hendrix has thus far refrained from tweeting about the event.

  • Andrew Beaujon

    Andrew Beaujon reported on the media for Poynter from 2012 to 2015. He was previously arts editor at TBD.com and managing editor of Washington City Paper. He's the author of the 2006 book "Body Piercing Saved My Life," about Christian rock and evangelical Christian culture.


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