Staff writer Albert Chen has fond memories of traveling to Taiwan in January 2008 for a story on Yankees starter Chien-Ming Wang and the Wangmania that had swept that country. "It was the first time I'd traveled abroad to write a story," says Chen. "I spent a day with Wang, driving around in a big white van, mostly failing to put the Chinese I'd learned in college to good use. I met Wang in his hometown, Tainan -- the same town where my mother grew up. The piece I wrote was probably the first SI story of mine my mom ever read."
Chen joined SPORTS ILLUSTRATED in September 2000 and has covered baseball, NFL and college football, among other sports. ("There's nothing like the energy of a college football stadium on an autumn Saturday afternoon," he says.) First as a reporter, then as a writer-reporter and a staff writer, Chen has written a hundred stories for the magazine, including the June 2, 2008 cover story, The Super Natural, on Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton, one of four cover stories he has written for the magazine.
A 2000 Yale University graduate, Chen resides in Manhattan with his wife, Andrea Woo, an SI FOR KIDS senior editor. Away from the office, Chen enjoys playing tennis at the National Tennis Center in Flushing and USTA league and jogging in Central Park.
Updated 21 October 2009