Pulitzer Prize winner to speak at Linfield

Kaelia Neal, Sports Editor

A Pulitzer Prize winner and senior writer for Sports Illustrated will speak at Linfield on Monday, Oct. 26, in a talk titled “Confessions of a Sports Writer.”

George Dohrmann is known for investigative reporting. He received the Pulitzer Prize for beat reporting in 2000 by revealing the academic fraud within the University of Minnesota men’s basketball program.

Senior Sports Illustrated writer Chris Ballard will join Dohrmann. Ballard is teaching a course at Linfield this fall called “The Power of Storytelling.” The two writers will be speaking about journalism.

At Sports Illustrated, Dohrmann focuses on investigative reporting, but also covers college football and college basketball.

Dohrmann won the PEN/ESPN Award in 2011 for his book, “Play Their Hearts Out,” which is an expose on youth basketball. His book was named the best sports book of the year by Amazon, according to Sports Illustrated.

Dohrmann also won the Award for Excellence in Coverage of Youth Sports.

Before writing for Sports Illustrated, Dohrmann worked as a staff writer at St. Paul Pioneer Press for three years and as a staff writer at the Los Angeles Times for two years.

The event will begin at 5 p.m. on Monday, Oct 26, in Riley 201 and is open and free to the public.