- Awards: Robert Peterson Research Award, The Jackie Robinson Society of The George Washington University Teaching Award
Born in Boston, Bijan C. Bayne is an award-winning Washington-based freelance columnist and critic, and author of Sky Kings: Black Pioneers of Professional Basketball, which was on the Basketball Hall of Fame's Suggested Reading List in 2004. He is also the author of Elgin Baylor: The Man Who Changed Basketball (2015), a biography of basketball hero Elgin Baylor, and Martha’s Vineyard Basketball: How a Resort League Defied Notions of Race & Class (2015).
He has written biographies and essays for countless volumes such as Great Athletes (Second Revised Edition, Salem Press, Sept. 2009) and the African American National Biography (Oxford University Press, Jan. 2008). His essay on the early NBA was published in The Forties in America (Salem Press).
Bayne has been interviewed and/or quoted by The Washington Post, The Atlantic, The Philadelphia Inquirer, and others and has been a guest on radio programs in Puerto Rico, New York, Boston, and Washington, D.C. Bayne has been a writing instructor in afterschool programs and at adult education centers, as well as a public relations writer.
A guest lecturer on the social significance of the life of Jackie Robinson each year since 1996 at The George Washington University, Bayne has also served as a consultant for film, television and corporate clients.He is an Executive Board member, and Media Relations Director of the Association for Professional Basketball Research.
Bayne is a literary critic for The Bay State Banner, for whom he has written reviews of books about Willie Mays, Sugar Ray Robinson, Thelonious Monk and Louis Armstrong.