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SPORTS ILLUSTRATED senior writer Jon Heyman has become synonymous with breaking news. Among the numerous stories Heyman has broken during his years as a baseball insider: Barry Bonds going to the Giants in 1992, Alex Rodriguez's bombshell trade to the Yankees in 2004; the firing of Jamie McCourt by her husband and Dodgers owner Frank McCourt, the parting of Joe Torre and the Yankees, Rodriguez opting out of his $252-million contract in 2007; Manny Ramirez going to the Dodgers in 2008; the government's seizure of 2003 steroid test results; George Mitchell's breakthrough interview with Kirk Radomski; Brian McNamee's first reaction to Roger Clemens' 60 Minutes interview (Heyman sat with McNamee for the show); plus scores of player and personnel moves, including the Mets' hiring of Sandy Alderson as GM. As for what drives him to breaking news, Heyman says, "I have to admit, I to love gossip."

Heyman came to SPORTS ILLUSTRATED in July 2006 after 16 years at Newsday, where he served as Yankees beat writer, baseball columnist and general sports columnist. (He says the 1998 Yankees are the best team he has ever covered.) In addition to his tenure at Newsday, Heyman was a beat writer for the Santa Monica (Calif.) Evening Outlook (which is now defunct) and Torrance Daily Breeze, where he covered the Los Angeles Raiders (who have long since moved back to Oakland) and California Angels (who are now called the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim). Heyman also served as the baseball columnist for The Sporting News in 1999 and 2000.

Along with assignments for the magazine, which frequently includes writing the Baseball Insider column, Heyman writes a baseball notes column called "The Daily Scoop" for SI.com, which appears Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays during the baseball season and twice a week during the offseason. He can be also be seen and heard on a number of mediums. Heyman serves as a baseball insider at MLB Network and has worked for WFAN-AM in New York since November 2007 as a contributor and regular on Mike Francesa's popular afternoon drive-time show, "Mike'd Up," after previously appearing regularly on the acclaimed Mike and the Mad Dog Show with Francesa and Christopher Russo. Before going to WFAN, Heyman was a regular contributor to ESPN-1050 radio in New York and appeared weekly on The Michael Kay Show. Additionally, he appears on YES Network's Hot Stove show. Since 2004, he has been an occasional Forum panelist on Jim Rome is Burning, the popular ESPN sports show starring Jim Rome, and he has appeared on numerous other radio and TV shows, including SNY-TV in New York where he was a baseball insider from 2008-09.

Heyman was born in Santa Fe, NM and grew up in Cedarhurst, NY, on Long Island. He is a 1983 graduate of Northwestern's Medill School of Journalism and resides in Miami with his wife, Corinne, and daughter Maya.

EXTRA POINTS

  • Writers who have inspired your work: "Steve Jacobson, former Newsday columnist and colleague, Scott Ostler, San Francisco Examiner columnist. Jacobson always gave great insight and he worked hard right up until the end of his career. And Ostler is funny as hell"
  • Favorite sport to cover: "Baseball. There are a lot of trades and player movement, plus better access than the other sports -- not to mention fewer arrests."
  • Favorite book: "Catch 22 by Joseph Heller. I am amazed that someone could think of all that."
  • Hidden talent: "So far it's hidden even from me."

Updated 21 October 2009

 
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