Prolific sports journalist on multiple platforms discussing his career path and his new book Glory Days: The Summer of 1984
This week on The Wormcast it's episode 38. My guest is the prolific multi-media sports journalist L. Jon Wertheim. He's the Executive Editor at Sports Illustrated, correspondent for 60 Minutes, contributor to The Tennis Channel's coverage of the sport's majors and has authored 10 books. His lastest - Glory Days: The summer of 1984 and the 90 days that changed sports and culture forever. We discuss his path from Production Assistant at ESPN to Sports Illustrated and 60 Minutes. His process of coming up with story ideas for the magazine, the writers who influenced him. How you land at 60 Minutes as a correspondent and how pieces are greenlit with so much internal competition? Finally we talk about Glory Days and how so many of the stories from 1984 resonate today. Enjoy!
Topics discussed: 2:40 First jobs out of school...ESPN 8:20 Getting in at Sports Illustrated 10:00 "Where's Daddy" 11:55 Longforn journalism's future 13:50 Influential writers at Sports Illustrated 19:30 How did Jon end up at 60 Minutes 21:30 Getting a 60 Minutes piece greenlit 23:15 David Kindred 24:50 The Ritchie Boys 32:20 The internal competitiveness at 60 Minutes 34:00 True Crime at Sports Illustrated 38:00 Pete Axthelm 40:00 New book: Glory Days 41:10 Meeting Michael Jordan as a 14 year old 45:40 Karate Kid: Wax on Wax Off 47:00 Cubs in the 1984 NLCS 49:00 Pop music 1984
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