With issues ranging from physical safety to performance enhancing drug use, the world of sports has been undergoing major upheavals and self-reflection. This panel — moderated by .Gary Pomerantz (Their Life’s Work: the Brotherhood of the 1970s Pittsburgh Steelers, Then and Now) — addresses the changing challenges of covering a money-spinning industry in some of its darkest hours.
John Branch, a sports reporter for the New York Times, received the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for feature writing. His most recent book is “Boy on Ice: The Life and Death of Derek Boogaard.”
Mark Fainaru-Wada is an investigative reporter for ESPN’s Enterprise Unit, which is charged with developing long-form, investigative features. He co-authored Game of Shadows with Lance Williams, which chronicled baseball slugger Barry Bonds' alleged steroid use.
Gary Pomerantz is a journalist and author who lectures in the Graduate Program in Journalism at Stanford University. His books include “Their Life’s Work: The Brotherhood of the 1970s Pittsburgh Steelers, Then and Now.”
Dave Zirin is the author of "A People's History of Sports in the United States," "Welcome to the Terrordome," "What's My Name, Fool?: Sports and Resistance in the United States," and "Brazil's Dance with the Devil," among other books. He writes about the politics of sports for The Nation, host several radio programs, and produces documentaries.
Dave Zirin, sports editor at The Nation, and New York Times sportswriter John Branch talk about how the press and fans reacted to Caitlyn Jenner's transition and her appearance on the cover of Vanity Fair.