Author and commentator Frank Deford is a Senior Contributing Writer at Sports Illustrated where he began writing in the early 1960s. On radio, Deford may be heard as a commentator every Wednesday on National Public Radio's "Morning Edition" and, on television, he is a regular correspondent on the HBO show "RealSports with Bryant Gumbel."
As a journalist, Deford has been elected to the Hall of Fame of the National Association of Sportscasters and Sportswriters. Six times Deford was voted by his peers as U.S. Sportswriter of The Year. The American Journalism Review has likewise cited him as the nation's finest sportswriter, and twice he was voted Magazine Writer of The Year by the Washington Journalism Review. The Sporting News has described Deford as "the most influential sports voice among members of the print media," and the magazine GQ has called him, simply, "the world's greatest sportswriter." In broadcast, Deford has won both an Emmy (for his work during the Seoul Olympics) and a George Foster Peabody Award. ESPN presented a television biography of Deford's life and work, "You Write Better Than You Play."
Deford is also the author of fifteen books. The most recent, The Entitled, a novel about celebrity, sex and baseball, was published earlier this year. Two of his books - the novel Everybody's All-American and Alex: The Life Of A Child, his memoir about his daughter who died of cystic fibrosis - have been made into movies.