Patrick Hruby is an award-winning writer, editor, and journalist who lives in Washington, D.C. His work has appeared in print and online for The Athletic, The Atlantic, BREAKER, Business Insider, B/R, B/R Mag, Deadspin, ESPN.com, ESPNw, ESPN The Magazine, Esquire, the Guardian, the Los Angeles Times, NBC Think, the New York Times, Playboy, Politico Magazine, The PostGame, Reader's Digest, Sports on Earth, the Washington Times, the Washington Post, Washingtonian, and VICE Sports. He has appeared on ESPN, MSNBC, and other networks and is a frequent guest on NPR's Only a Game and various sports talk radio shows. Eleven of his features have been selected for inclusion or as notable for The Best American Sports Writing anthology and he is the winner of the 2016 Associated Press Sports Editors explanatory writing award.
A Georgetown graduate, Patrick holds a master's degree from Northwestern University and specializes in intelligent, powerful, and insightful writing, reporting, and editing on a wide variety of sports (and non-sports) related subjects, including the NCAA's ongoing failure to protect football players from brain injuries; the failed Sports War on Doping; the racial injustice of big-time college sports; the tragic, concussion-related suicide of a former college football player; the national outrage that is Sports Welfare; the Oliver Stone-shaming world of sports conspiracy theories; the man behind the myth of Dock Ellis' LSD no-hitter; the head-spinning possible murder of Pakistan's national cricket coach; and a bloody, anthropological Valentine to hockey goons and the men who love them.
Jessica W. Luther is a freelance journalist and writer who mainly covers sports and culture, writing extensively on the intersection of sports and violence off the field. Her first book, published in 2016, is titled Unsportsmanlike Conduct: College Football and the Politics of Rape. Her second book, co-authored with Kavitha Davidson, is under contract with University of Texas Press and is slated to come out in Spring 2020. It is titled How to Love Sports When They Don’t Love You Back. Luther was the recipient of the 2016 Excellence in Media Award given annually by the Texas Association Against Sexual Assault to individuals who work tirelessly behind the scenes in the fight to eliminate sexual violence in the state. In 2018, the Texas Freedom Network honored her with the Samantha Smoot Activist Award.Luther is a co-host the weekly independent feminist sports podcast Burn It All Down. She’s a member of the Association for Women in Sports Media and a 2002 graduate of Florida State. She earned a Master’s degree from UT-Austin in Latin literature in 2004 and is currently working on her Ph.D. in UT-Austin's Physical Culture and Sport History graduate program.
Mark Phillip is the Founder of Are You Watching This?!, a B-to-B sports excitement analytics company using patented algorithms to identify "instant classics" in the making, in real-time.
A Brooklyn native, MIT dropout, and lifelong Yankees fan, Mark is obsessed with enhancing the game-watching experience through digital and physical innovation, whether it's teaching a DVR to automatically extend the recording of a game going into Overtime, or hand-building wireless LED excitement meters for every TV in his favorite sports bar. When he's not watching Cricket at 4am, you'll find him working to improve diversity and equality in the tech community, and mentoring at schools, accelerators, and incubators around Austin.
Filmmaker and journalist Jill Yesko is a former cyclist who represented the United States in the 1983 World University Games and competed in the 1984 Olympic Trials. Her film Tainted Blood: The Untold Story of the 1984 Olympic Blood Doping Scandal Team was released in 2016. She is currently working on her second documentary, Broken Trust: Ending Athlete Abuse.
Her writing has appeared in Women's Sports & Fitness, Shape, Fitness Swimmer, and numerous other magazines. She is the author of the acclaimed crime fiction novels and has been profiled in O, the Oprah magazine.
Sally Jenkins is a sports columnist at The Washington Post. Jenkins began her second stint at The Washington Post in 2000 after spending the previous decade working as a book author and as a magazine writer. She was named the nation’s top sports columnist in 2001, 2003, 2010 and 2011 by the Associated Press Sports Editors. In 2013, she won a first-place award from the AP for an investigative series co-written with Rick Maese on medical care in the NFL, titled “Do No Harm.”
Jenkins is the author of 12 books, four of which were New York Times bestsellers, most recently the No.1 “Sum It Up” with legendary basketball coach Pat Summitt. She is also the author of “The Real All Americans,” the historical account of how the Carlisle Indian School took on the Ivy League powers in college football at the turn of the century and won. Her work has been featured in Smithsonian, GQ and Sports Illustrated. She earned a B.A. in English Literature at Stanford University and currently lives in New York City.
Michael MacCambridge has written extensively about sports, music, movies, and popular culture. His award-winning book America’s Game: The Epic Story of How Pro Football Captured a Nation is considered by many the definitive modern history of pro football. He edited the critically acclaimed ESPN College Football Encyclopedia, hailed by Sports Illustrated as “the Bible” of the sport. For eight years a columnist and critic at the Austin American-Statesman, MacCambridge was later a contributor to A New Literary History of America. His work has appeared in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, Sports Illustrated, and GQ. MacCambridge received a B.A. from Creighton Universitty and a Master's degree from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University. He currently lives in Austin.