I'm a Florida-based contributing writer for Sports Illustrated, where I've been on contract since 2019. I have a wealth of experience covering sports, business and higher ed for national publications, specializing in immersive narrative stories and detailed explanatory pieces. (And I'm not as stuffy in person as that sounded.) In addition to SI, stops along the way have included BusinessWeek, U.S. News & World Report, the NCAA's magazine and Turner Sports.
Here's the requisite shameless self-promotion: I am a three-time Livingston Awards finalist, have won a pair of National Headliner Awards for magazine feature writing, have garnered "notable" recognition three times in The Year's Best Sports Writing book series and was a finalist for the 2023 Jenkins Medal for Excellence in Sportswriting.
My work has also been honored by the U.S. Basketball Writers Association, Indiana Society of Professional Journalists, TABPI and, intermittently, by my wife. Our shiba inu remains indifferent.
A sampling of my work.
THE HARDEST SEASON
Sports Illustrated -- Nov. 19, 2020
For Black teenagers in a region shaped by centuries of suffering, high school football can be both escapism and an escape route. This is what happened when the coronavirus came to southwest Georgia, endangering players’ families and challenging their dreams. The piece was the cover story for SI's Fall 2020 issue.
JENKINS MEDAL FOR EXCELLENCE IN SPORTSWRITING
Finalist: National Reporting
2019, 2018, 2015
NATIONAL HEADLINER AWARDS
Magazine Feature Writing
2023 (First place), 2022 (Third place), 2016 (First place)
Magazine Coverage of a Major News Event
2023 (Second place); 2019 (Third place)
Finalist: Magazine Profile
ASSOCIATED PRESS SPORTS EDITORS
First Place: Video Feature
THE YEAR'S BEST SPORTS WRITING
2023, 2016, 2015
U.S. BASKETBALL WRITERS ASSOCIATION
Third Place: Magazine-Length Feature
Awards for Profile Writing, Feature Article and How-To Article
2018, 2017, 2015, 2013
INDIANA SOCIETY OF PROFESSIONAL JOURNALISTS
First-place awards for Sports Reporting, Profile Writing, Coverage of Minority Issues, and Medical/Science Reporting
2017, 2015, 2013
U.S. Editorial Team Lead
Dec. 2021-Jan. 2024
Associate Director, Editorial Development
Jan. 2013-Dec. 2019
Contributing Writer and Columnist
Mar. 2012-Dec. 2012
U.S. NEWS & WORLD REPORT
Feb. 2010-Aug. 2011
May 2007-Dec. 2009
INDIANA UNIVERSITY (INDIANAPOLIS)
M.A., Sports Journalism
B.A., Journalism and Creative Writing
A sampling of TV, radio and podcast interviews about my work.
GOOD MORNING AMERICA
June 29, 2017
The popular ABC morning show interviewed me about my Sports Illustrated piece on Clinton Portis. The segment aired the day after the story published.
SPORTS ILLUSTRATED WEEKLY
January 26, 2022
The magazine's weekly podcast featured a lengthy segment on my profile of Shawn Bradley in the wake of the bicycle crash that left him parlayed.
June 12, 2021
A substantive discussion about my Sports Illustrated profile of Ryan Lochte as he aimed to make his fifth Olympic team.
SPORTS ILLUSTRATED WEEKLY
April 26, 2022
The magazine's weekly podcast dedicated an entire episode to my reporting and subsequent feature on Gene Siller, one of the victims of the 2021 murders at Pinetree Country Club in suburban Atlanta.
THE COLLEGE SPORTS INSIDER WITH JACK FORD PODCAST
Sept. 9, 2019
I sat down with longtime broadcast journalist Jack Ford for an in-depth podcast interview about my recent Champion magazine feature story on how the rapid expansion of legal sports wagering is poised to reshape college sports.