Grant Wahl

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Senior Writer, Sports Illustrated

Grant Wahl is one of the world’s leading soccer journalists. He joined Sports Illustrated in November 1996 as a reporter and was promoted to his current position of senior writer in October 2000. He began his journalism career as an intern with the Miami Herald in 1996.

Wahl has covered eight World Cups (five men’s, three women’s) and four Olympics for SI. Some of his most notable stories include his “Inside the SuperClubs” packages on FC Barcelona and Bayern Munich, his “Under the Crest” feature video on Chelsea and lengthy stories on David Beckham, Alex Morgan, José Mourinho, Luis Suárez, Mario Balotelli, Didier Drogba, LeBron James and Kevin Durant. He has written more than three dozen cover stories for SI magazine over the years.

Wahl first won critical praise for his work (with L. Jon Wertheim) on the 1998 cover story “Where’s Daddy?” which documented the staggering number of out-of-wedlock children born to professional athletes. On his previous beat, covering college basketball, he won four Magazine Story of the Year awards given by the U.S. Basketball Writers Association.

When he isn’t traveling for SI, Wahl spends his time cooking, reading, running, watching movies and traveling with his wife, Celine. He is conversational in Spanish.

Wahl grew up in Mission, Kansas, and attended Princeton University, where he graduated with a B.A. in politics in 1996. He fell in love with soccer in Buenos Aires, where he wrote his college senior thesis on politics and soccer in Argentina. Wahl’s book, The Beckham Experiment (Crown, 2009), was the first soccer book to become a New York Times bestseller.