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Lance Williams, MA Biography

Former Investigative Reporter for the Center for Investigative Reporting
Not Clearly Pro or Con to the question "Should Performance-Enhancing Drugs Be Accepted in Sports?"

“Athletes have a huge incentive to dope. There are tremendous benefits to using the drugs, and there is only a small chance that you will get caught. So depending on your sport and where you are in your career, the risk is often worth it. If you make the team, you’ll be a millionaire; if you don’t, you’ll probably go back to driving a delivery truck.”

“Gaming Baseball: Why Players Dope,” by Michael Shermer, Scientific American, Mar. 16, 2006

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Senior Reporter, Reveal
  • Former Investigative Reporter, Center for Investigative Reporting (CIR)
  • Investigative Reporter, San Francisco Chronicle, 1983-2009
  • Recipient, Northern California Journalist of the Year, Society of Professional Journalists, 1999
  • Visiting Lecturer, Graduate School of Journalism, University of California at Berkeley, 1983-1998
  • Former Reporter, Hayward Daily Review
  • Former Reporter, Oakland Tribune
  • University of Michigan Journalism Fellow, 1986-1987
  • Recipient, Dick Schaap Excellence in Sports Journalism Award,
  • Recipient, George Polk Award
  • Recipient, White House Correspondents’ Association’s Edgar A. Poe Award
  • Recipient, Gerald Loeb Award for business writing
  • Recipient, National Women’s Political Caucus’ Exceptional Merit Award
  • Recipient, Fairbanks Award for Public Service Journalism, California Associated Press News Executive Council
  • Three time recipient, California Journalism Award, Center for California Studies, for reporting on politics and government
  • MA, Journalism, University of California at Berkeley School of Journalism
  • BA, Brown University, 1972
  • Attended University College in London, England
  • Williams and Mark Fainaru-Wada were issued subpoenas in 2006 to reveal the sources for the information about sealed grand jury testimonies they reported on in the San Francisco Chronicle and their book. They were sentenced to 18 months in prison for refusing to reveal their sources, and they were in the process of appealing the sentence when the goverment dropped the subpoenas in February 2007.
  • Twitter: @LanceWCIR