Gary Smith

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One of the nation’s most gifted sportswriters, Gary Smith has won four National Magazine Awards, the highest honor bestowed on magazine writer and the magazine equivalent of the Pulitzer Price.
His stories have appeared in the annual Best American Sports Writing anthologies 13 times, the most of any writer. Gary’s professional career began early, when he was hired at The Wilmington News
as an 11th grader at John Dickinson High School. Two years later, he was working at the Philadelphia Daily News while pursuing his degree at La Salle University in
Philadelphia. His 1996 profile of golfer Tiger Woods was included in the Best American Sportswriting of the Century. Media critic Ben Yagoda of the University of Delaware wrote in 2003 that “Smith is
not only the best sportswriter in America; he’s the best magazine writer in America. … He favors obscurity over fame, complexity over simplicity, and humility over literary showmanship.”  A 2006
survey of Associated Press sports editors selected him as the nation’s top sportswriter. Two collections of his writings have been published: “Beyond the Game: The Collected Sportswriting of
Gary Smith” and “Going Deep: 20 Classic Sports Stories.” Gary joined Sports Illustrated in 1982 after working for the New York Daily News, the Philadelphia Daily News and
the Wilmington News Journal, where he began in 1971. His writing has also appeared in such iconic publications as Rolling Stone, Life, Esquire, and the
Washington Post.




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