George Dohrmann
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SPORTS ILLUSTRATED senior writer George Dohrmann is the rare sportswriter to have won a Pulitzer Prize. He earned journalism's top honor in 2000 while at the St. Paul Pioneer Press. The Pulitzer cited his "determined reporting, despite negative reader reaction, that revealed academic fraud in the men's basketball program at the University of Minnesota."

In 2000 he joined SPORTS ILLUSTRATED, where his primary beat is investigative reporting. He has also covered college football, college basketball and high school sports for SI and Dohrmann is the author of the book, Play Their Hearts Out, an expose about youth basketball that was published by Random House in October 2010. It won the 2011 PEN/ESPN Award for literary sports writing and was named the best sports book of the year by Amazon.

Dohrmann cites the 2010 story "Confessions of an Agent" and the Michael Vick dog-fighting case in 2007 as the most memorable stories of his SI career. He has also written investigative stories on Ohio State football, UCLA basketball and other schools. Dohrmann's previous experience includes stops at the aforementioned St. Paul Pioneer Press (1997-2000), where he covered University of Minnesota football and basketball, and the Los Angeles Times (1995-1997), where he was the beat writer for USC basketball.

Dohrmann graduated from Notre Dame in 1995 with a B.A. in American studies and later earned an MFA in creative writing from the University of San Francisco (2006). He resides in San Francisco with his wife, Sharon, daughter Jessica, son Justin and a crazy mutt named Reyna.


  • Favorite SI Vault story: A School for Scandal (Feb. 26, 2001). "It was the first story I worked on at SI."
  • Writers who have inspired your work: "Tracy Kidder, for his reporting and clear writing."
  • Hobbies: "Soccer, woodworking, dogs."
  • Favorite event to cover: "The Frozen Four. Such a great atmosphere and not yet spoiled by television or corporate meddling."
  • Most memorable meal: "Santiago's in Stockton, Calif. My family has been going there since I was eight. They have unreal tacos. "
  • Favorite book: "Mountains Beyond Mountains, because it inspired me to be a better person."
  • Hidden talent: "I make furniture."

Updated July 2013
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