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David Epstein Biography

Former Writer-reporter for Sports Illustrated
Not Clearly Pro or Con to the question "Should Performance-Enhancing Drugs Be Accepted in Sports?"

“Do we want to see the highest possible achievements by men and women who do not use performance-enhancing drugs? If so, what counts as performance-enhancing? Just this month, the World Anti-Doping Agency [WADA] discussed banning oxygen tents that endurance-seeking athletes sleep in in order to simulate a high altitude environment. Apparently WADA really does want normal men and women. By ‘normal,’ I mean they have armies of scientists, nutritionists, coaches, and physical therapists choreographing their every move, but no tents or steroids.

If sports fans really want to see achievement that they can relate to, perhaps athletes should be restricted to diets of pizza and beer, and be required to have 40-hour-a-week desk jobs.”

“Better Cycling Through Chemistry,” Guardian, Aug. 1, 2006

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Reporter, ProPublica
  • Former writer-reporter, Sports Illustrated
  • Former education reporter, Inside Higher Ed
  • Former street reporter, New York Daily News
  • Recipient, Horgan Prize for Excellence in Critical Science Writing
  • Recipient, Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy Association’s journalism excellence award
  • Nominee, National Magazine Award
  • MS, Columbia Graduate School of Journalism, 2004
  • MS, Environmental science, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, Columbia University
  • BS, Environmental science and astronomy, Columbia University, 2002
  • Twitter handle: @DavidEpstein
  • David Epstein and Selena Roberts, writer-reporters for Sports Illustrated, on Feb. 7, 2009 broke the story that Alex Rodriguez, professional baseball player for the New York Yankees, tested positive for anabolic steroids during the 2003 season. According to four independently verified sources, Rodriguez was one of 104 players to have tested positive for performance enhancing drugs that year. On Feb. 9, 2009, Rodriguez admitted to ESPN that he had taken banned performance enhancing drugs, and apologized to his fans.
  • Two-time recipient, NCAA All-East honors in track and field