Staff Writer, Sports Illustrated
Ben Reiter is one of Sports Illustrated's and SI.com's lead baseball writers, but he has also covered the NFL, the NBA, soccer (including the 2010 World Cup in South Africa), college football, lacrosse, cheerleading, ice skating, horse racing and even competitive hula hooping. He cites his Feb. 23, 2009, cover story on Phillies pitcher Cole Hamels (The Fabulous New Life of Cole Hamels) as among his favorite SI pieces. (Reiter's work has graced the magazine's cover seven times and counting.) Another memorable assignment involved the Dec. 15, 2006, issue highlighting 50 years of SI's Faces in the Crowd section. Reiter traveled to Nashville for the Country Music Awards to interview Kris Kristofferson, who was a Face in the Crowd in SI's March 31, 1958, issue. He has more recently written colorful profiles of stars such as Yoenis Cespedes, Matt Kemp, Adrian Peterson, Yasiel Puig and NBA center-turned-club-deejay Rony Seikaly.
Reiter (pronounced – yes – writer) joined SI in 2004. Before that he was a research assistant for investigative journalist Wayne Barrett at the Village Voice and a researcher for the 2004 book America Alone: The Neoconservatives and the Global Order, by Stefan Halper and Jonathan Clarke. He graduated from Yale in 2002 with a b.a. in history and holds a master's degree in international relations from Cambridge.
Reiter, 32, resides in New York City. He is a regular guest on radio stations across the country, and in the fall and winter appears weekly as the NFL expert on the CNN International show World Sport. In January 2009 he was a contestant on the game show Jeopardy! He came away with the bronze. "I lost on the Final Jeopardy question, and will now never forget that Alfred Dreyfus was the person who began a life sentence on Devils Island in 1895, only to be released by 1899," he says.