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Senior Writer, Sports Illustrated
Michael Bamberger is one of the country's most elegant writers on golf. His versatility as a writer and his lucid, open style are hallmarks of his work. Bamberger joined Sports Illustrated as a senior writer in 1995 after 13 years as a newspaper reporter. His work, including a 2005 profile of Jeff Allison, a Massachusetts high school pitching phenom who battled drug addiction, has appeared in three editions of the annual anthology The Best American Sports Writing.
Bamberger has written on baseball, women's beach volleyball, men's field hockey and other sports. He is the author of six books including, To the Linksland, about a honeymoon trip he and his wife took on the European golf tour in 1991; Wonderland, about a year in the life of a large American high school, published in 2004; The Man Who Heard Voices, about the director M. Night Shyamalan, published in 2006; and This Golfing Life, a collection of golf writing, published in 2005. Bamberger has also written a play, Bart & Fay, about the relationship between former major league baseball commissioners Fay Vincent and Bart Giamatti. It was produced in 1996. Bamberger and his SI colleague Alan Shipnuck wrote the 2011 novel The Swinger, about a swinging golfer named Tree Tremont. It was described by The New York Times as "Dead on." Bamberger was a caddie on the PGA Tour in 1985, which he later wrote about in the well-received book The Green Road Home. He is also the inventor of The E-Club (eclubgolf.com), a utility golf club.
Before joining SI, Bamberger worked as a reporter for The Philadelphia Inquirer from 1986 to 1995. He worked as a reporter for the (Martha's) Vineyard Gazette after graduating from the University of Pennsylvania in 1982.
Bamberger and his wife, Christine, have two children, Ian and Alina. They live in Philadelphia.