Last updated on: 2/2/2011 | Author: ProCon.org

Karen Goldberg Goff Biography

Title:
Former writer at Washington Times
Position:
Not Clearly Pro or Con to the question "Should Performance Enhancing Drugs (Such as Steroids) Be Accepted in Sports?"
Reasoning:

“The line between enhancement and cheating is a fine one because only anabolic steroids are banned universally. (Some sports organizations, such as the U.S. Olympic Committee, are strict, banning everything from excessive caffeine to certain cough medicines; other governing bodies, such as Major League Baseball and the National Basketball Association, are lenient.) Anabolic steroids are synthetic versions of the male hormone testosterone, which can significantly build lean muscle mass, boost speed and endurance and accelerate recovery time. Steroids are illegal because they give the user results he or she could not get in a lifetime of training. But they also have been deemed a serious health risk, with side effects including increased aggression, sexual dysfunction, infertility and liver and heart damage that, in severe cases, can lead to death.”

“Despite Sensitive Testing, Athletes Still Dope to Win,” Insight on the News, Mar. 15, 1999

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
  Organizations/VIPs/Others
Individuals and organizations that do not fit into the other star categories.
Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Editor, Reston Patch, Patch.com, June 2010-present
  • Freelance Writer and Editor, Jan. 2007-present
  • Karen Goldberg Goff Editorial Services

  • Feature Writer, former sports reporter, Washington Times, Jan. 1999-Jan. 2010
  • Sports reporter, Washington Times, Sep. 1992-Jan. 1999
  • Metro Reporter, Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel, Jan. 1991-Jan. 1992
  • Copy Editor, Washington Times, Jan. 1987-Jan. 1991
Education:
  • BA, Journalism, Ohio State University
Other:
  • Twitter handle” @karengoff
Quoted in:
  1. Is There Widespread Systemic Use of Banned Performance-Enhancing Drugs by Olympic Athletes?