Last updated on: 12/31/2008 | Author: ProCon.org

Sally Jenkins Biography

Title:
Sports columnist and feature writer for The Washington Post
Position:
Pro to the question "Should Performance Enhancing Drugs (Such as Steroids) Be Accepted in Sports?"
Reasoning:

“Personally, I have no problem with performance enhancers, particularly in liquid form… Instead of solutions, we have showboat trials and vicious public condemnations of athletes such as Marion Jones. These are saddening, and they aren’t getting us anywhere, except deeper into a vortex of bad law and science, black markets and failed social policy… One alternative is the ‘libertarian’ approach: legalize performance enhancers. Bite the bullet and say that what an adult athlete ingests should be a matter of personal conscience, not federal courts.”

“There’s a Legal Remedy to the Doping Issue,” The Washington Post, Oct. 12, 2007

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Sports columnist and feature writer, The Washington Post
  • Winner, Associated Press’ Sports Columnist Of The Year Award, 2002
  • Former senior writer, Conde Nast Sports for Women, 1997-2000
  • Former senior writer, Sports Illustrated, 1990-1997
  • Former sports journalist, San Francisco Examiner, 1983-1985
Education:
  • BA, English, Stanford University, 1982
Other:
  • Daughter of former Sports Illustrated journalist Dan Jenkins
Quoted in:
  1. Should Stimulants Use Be Accepted in Sports?