Lars Anderson
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Staff writer Lars Anderson is SPORTS ILLUSTRATED'S main motor sports writer. He has profiled many of the sport's iconic figures, including cover stories on Dale Earnhardt Jr, Jimmie Johnson and Danica Patrick. Anderson has covered multiple Daytona 500 and Indianapolis 500 and writes a weekly racing column for He has also covered college football on a regular basis authored numerous profiles for SPORTS ILLUSTRATED'S commemorative division. Among his most memorable assignments: wild hog hunting with NFL quarterbacks Ty and Koy Detmer and a story about the Tulane women's soccer team in the days following Hurricane Katrina.

Anderson is the author of five books: The First Star: Red Grange and the Barnstorming Tour that Launched the NFL (which is scheduled to be published by Random House in December 2009), Carlisle vs. Army (Random House, 2007), The All Americans (St. Martins, 2005), The Proving Ground: A Season on the Fringe in NFL Europe (St. Martins, 2001) and Pickup Artists (Verso, 1998). Of Pickup Artists, The Philadelphia Inquirer called it "a meticulously researched, richly written look at a vital part of American culture." Anderson lived in Glasgow, Scotland while writing The Proving Ground.

A native of Lincoln, Neb., Anderson joined SI in 1994 following a short stint as a general assignment reporter at the Lincoln (Neb.) Journal Star. He received an B.A. from St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN. and an M.S., from the Graduate School of Journalism at Columbia University.

Anderson is single and resides in Birmingham, Alabama.


  • Favorite SI Vault story: The Curious Case of Sidd Finch (April 1, 1985) "Best April Fool's joke in the history of April Fools jokes."
  • Writers who have inspired your work: George Plimpton and John Updike. "Plimpton pioneered participatory journalism and Updike was the master of the language."
  • Hobbies/Interests: Pickup basketball, running.
  • Favorite sport to cover: "College football. Nothing beats game day on college campuses."
  • Person you would most like to interview: "Abraham Lincoln. The most fascinating person in American history."
  • Favorite book: "Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurty. An absolutely beautiful writer. "
  • Hidden talent: I'm a killer juggler.

Updated 21 October 2009
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