Hi, thanks for stopping by. I'm an author, Contributing Writer at Sports Illustrated, and editor. I've also taught a variety of courses for the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism.
My books include The Art of a Beautiful Game and One Shot at Forever, and I've written for The New York Times Magazine and the Los Angeles Times, among other publications. Eight of my stories have been optioned for film and seven have been reprinted in the Best American Sports Writing anthology. I was a finalist for a National Magazine Award, appeared in The Best American Magazine Writing, and won the 2018 Dan Jenkins Medal for Excellence in Sportswriting, given annually to the best feature story in the country.
In 2020, I led a Cal team partnering with the New York Times to cover COVID-19 and its effect in California. I'm currently writing features for SI, running an LLC focused on narratives, and recently finished a reported narrative podcast for Audible.
You can reach me at chrisballard33 [at] Gmail
I'm on Twitter @Chris_Ballard33