L. Jon Wertheim, the deputy managing editor and a senior writer for Sports Illustrated, is one of the most accomplished sports journalists in America. His work has been cited in The Best American Sports Writing anthology numerous times, as well as in The Best American Crime Writing. He is the author of various book including New York Times bestsellers Scorecasting: The Hidden Influences Behind How Sports Are Played and Games Are Won (co-written with University of Chicago finance professor Tobias Moskowitz) and You Can't make This Up (with sportscaster Al Michaels.) His most recent book, This is your Brain on Sports, will be released in February 2016.
Wertheim joined SI in 1996 and quickly became one of the magazine's most authoritative voices on tennis, the NBA, sports business and law and social issues. He has written some of the magazine's most memorable pieces. One of the chief investigative writers and reporters for SI, Wertheim has explored a wide range of subjects, from high school hazing to performance-enhancing drugs and steroids in sports. His weekly Tennis Mailbag on SI.com is considered a must read among tennis aficionados. Wertheim is a commentator for The Tennis Channel and essayist and feature correspondent for FS1. He also speaks about sports business issues on college campuses and for corporate audiences.
A native of Bloomington, Ind., where his late father was a distinguished English professor at Indiana University, Wertheim cites past and present SI writers Frank Deford, Curry Kirkpatrick, Jack McCallum and Steve Rushin as sportswriting inspirations. He is also an admirer of John Updike and David Foster Wallace, as well as Martin Amis, Simon Barnes and John McPhee.
Wertheim is 1993 graduate of Yale University and received a law degree from the University of Pennsylvania in 1997. He resides in New York City with his wife, Ellie, a divorce mediator and family lawyer. The couple has a son and a daughter. Asked what he considers his favorite sport to cover, Wertheim says he is partial to tennis. "It's a beautiful sport between the lines," he says, "a mixed gendered and international cast, and bottomlessly rich subject material."
All L. Jon Wertheim Stories
TOM CREAN'S BIG RED CHALLENGE
Taking over a program that imploded under Kelvin Sampson, the sanguine new coach sends a message of hope and patience (heavy on the patience) to frustrated Hoosiers faithful
WILL, NOT SKILL
As the first week of the Australian Open showed, a big heart is often more important at a major than a big game
Thanks to big bangers like Croatia's Ivo Karlovic, heavy hitting is in vogue again at the All England Club
The Vikings' Punter Is A Troll Rogue Named Loate
CHRIS KLUWE HAS SEEN IT ALL IN MINNESOTA—THE LOVE BOAT SCANDAL, THE STARCAPS SAGA AND A 2012 SURGE—BUT THE NFL'S NERDIEST PLAYER REALLY GETS HIS KICKS BY BATTLING ORCS AND OGRES
Refuse to Lose
Serena Williams and Roger Federer won the Australian Open singles titles with guts as much as shots
All the Right Moves
Professional, polite, eager to please—could Joey Votto be more perfect? An MVP and an end to the Reds' playoff drought wouldn't hurt
A succession of seismic upsets in the first week at Wimbledon revealed the new depth in the women's ranks
A Fan's Notes ...
... and tweets, texts and calls. For some, the action at the game is not on the field
In blistering heat that brought down some of the fittest players at the Australian Open, Rafael Nadal and Serena Williams left no doubt: They are the undisputed king and queen of their sport and may soon deserve berths among the alltime greats
The Old World Order
Week 1 of the French Open, with so many dominant European players, proved that the center of the sport has moved to the Continent
Flight Of the Birdman
After an improbable rise to the NBA and a costly misstep, the spirited Chris Andersen soars in the eyes of Nuggets fans
The NBA's Union Blues
The inquiry into executive director Billy Hunter's dealings makes clear that the NBAPA needs new leadership to maintain its effectiveness