Hi, thanks for visiting. I'm an editor, author, contributing writer at Sports Illustrated, and lecturer at the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism.

I've written four books, including The Art of a Beautiful Game and One Shot at Forever, and contributed to The New York Times Magazine and the Los Angeles Times, among other publications. Six 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 working on a book, collaborating on two sports documentaries, running an LLC focused on narratives, and, in early 2021, returned to SI to write features and longform stories. 

You can reach me at chrisballard33 [at] Gmail

I'm on Twitter @Chris_Ballard33