SPORTS ILLUSTRATED senior writer George Dohrmann is the last sportswriter to win the 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."
Among other honors: Dohrmann has earned the Associated Press Sports Editors investigative honors award (1995, 1996 and 2000) as well as an APSE award n feature writing (2000). 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 SI.com. Dohrmann is the author of the book, Play Their Hearts Out, an expose about youth basketball to be published by Random House in October 2010.
Dohrmann cites the Michael Vick dogfighting case in 2007 as the most memorable story of his SI career. "In the past, the stories we did about athletes and coaches who were in romantic relationships," says Dohrmann. "Both were meaty subjects with lots of tough reporting." Dohrmann's other work experience includes stops at the aforementioned St. Paul Pioneer Press (1997-2000) where he covered University of Minnesota football and basketball. His beats included University of Southern California basketball at the Los Angeles Times (1995-1997).
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, and two dogs, Reyna & Maddie.
Updated 21 October 2009