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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 and 2024 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. 

PORTFOLIO

A sampling of my work.

About: About
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About: Articles
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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. 

ACCOLADES

About: Projects

JENKINS MEDAL FOR EXCELLENCE IN SPORTSWRITING

Finalist

2024, 2023

LIVINGSTON AWARDS

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) 

DEADLINE CLUB 

Finalist: Magazine Profile

2021

ASSOCIATED PRESS SPORTS EDITORS

First Place: Video Feature

2020

THE YEAR'S BEST SPORTS WRITING

Notable Selection 

2023, 2016, 2015

U.S. BASKETBALL WRITERS ASSOCIATION

Third Place: Magazine-Length Feature

2015

TABPI

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

WORK EXPERIENCE

About: CV

SPORTS ILLUSTRATED

Contributing Writer
June 2017-Present

STORYTERRACE

U.S. Editorial Team Lead
Dec. 2021-Jan. 2024

NCAA

Associate Director, Editorial Development
Jan. 2013-Dec. 2019

TURNER SPORTS

Contributing Writer and Columnist 
Mar. 2012-Dec. 2012

U.S. NEWS & WORLD REPORT

Education Reporter 
Feb. 2010-Aug. 2011

BUSINESSWEEK

Editorial Assistant/Intern 
May 2007-Dec. 2009

INDIANA UNIVERSITY (INDIANAPOLIS) 

M.A., Sports Journalism

EMORY UNIVERSITY

B.A., Journalism and Creative Writing 

About: Recent Work

MEDIA APPEARANCES

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. 

APPLE NEWS
TODAY 

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.

CONTACT

Want to learn more? Interested in having me join or contribute to your publication or organization? Don't hesitate to reach out.

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