Last updated on: 12/19/2008 | Author: ProCon.org

Michael Hiltzik, MS Biography

Title:
Reporter and columnist for the Los Angeles Times
Position:
Not Clearly Pro or Con to the question "Should Performance Enhancing Drugs (Such as Steroids) Be Accepted in Sports?"
Reasoning:

“Last December, an investigation by The Times characterized the international sports doping program as a closed, quasi-judicial system without U.S.-style checks and balances in which anti-doping authorities act as prosecutors, judge and jury and base their contentions on sometimes questionable scientific tests that they develop and certify themselves.

Because of the expense of defending themselves and the poor prospects of success, the vast majority of accused athletes who maintain their innocence have accepted suspensions or other sanctions -- allowing the system’s machinery to remain shrouded.”

“Landis Vs. Anti-Doping Program,” Los Angeles Times, May 14, 2007

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Reporter and columnist, Los Angeles Times, financial, political and sports, technology topics, 1981-present
  • Former foreign correspondent, Los Angeles Times, in Africa and Russia
  • Recipient, Gerald Loeb Award, 2004
  • Recipient, Pulitzer Prize, 1999
  • Former reporter, Providence Journal-Bulletin
  • Former reporter, Buffalo Courier Express
Education:
  • MS, Graduate School of Journalism, Columbia University, 1974
  • BA, English, Colgate University, 1973
Other:
  • None found
Quoted in:
  1. Are the Laboratories Used to Test Athletes for Performance Enhancing Drugs Credible and Reliable?