Since 1981, John has freelanced articles for more than 100 publications ranging from Sports Illustrated to Reader’s Digest. He’s interviewed a hijacking survivor shot in the head, probed a priest’s passion for painting religious nudes, dined with Gordie Howe, played snowshoe baseball, and crashed the women’s locker room. Adept at covering a variety of subjects, John has developed a particular interest in the personal and social dramas that play out in sports.
|How Casinos Enable Gambling Addicts
Modern slot machines develop an unbreakable hold on many players—some of whom wind up losing their jobs, their families, and even, as in the case of Scott Stevens, their lives.
The Atlantic, December 2016
Winner of the Donald Robinson Award from the American Society of Journalists & Authors, 2017
Nominated for a National Magazine Award and a Pulitzer Prize
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|The Shining of Mark Hamburger
The star pitcher of the St. Paul Saints is not your typical professional athlete.
City Pages, August 10-16, 2016
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|Jack Trice: Death of a Football Player, Birth of a Martyr
In 1923, Iowa State lineman Jack Trice died from injuries suffered in his first major college football game. Was he murdered?
SB Nation, November 25, 2014
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|Every Fantasy Has Its Price
What happens when a middle-aged guy attempts to revive his high school baseball career
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|Time Well Served
Runner's World, March 2014
Running sets a former inmate and recovering addict free
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