SI Media Podcast: Featuring former Sports Illustrated managing editor Terry McDonell
- Episode 71 of the Sports Illustrated Media podcast features Terry McDonell, the former editor of the Time Inc. Sports Group.
Episode 71 of the Sports Illustrated Media podcast features Terry McDonell, the former editor of the Time Inc. Sports Group and the author of "The Accidental Life: An Editor’s Notes on Writing and Writers".
In this episode, McDonell, who ran Sports Illustrated for 10 years (2002-2012), discusses what it was like to edit Outside, Newsweek, Rolling Stone, Esquire and Us Weekly among other publications; spending time with Hunter Thompson and George Plimpton; the secret to managing editorial egos; being an outsider at Sports Illustrated; how Lance Armstrong repeatedly lied to him during his SI tenure; why surrogates on behalf of Alex Rodriguez called for SI writers to be fired; whether Rick Reilly leaving SI was a mistake for Reilly and why Reilly was angry with him when Reilly left for ESPN; discussing with the SI staff whether the Swimsuit Issue should end, putting Beyonce on the cover of Swimsuit; how magazines can survive in the future, and much more.
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