15 Facts About Alan Schwarz


Alan Schwarz was born on July 3,1968 and is a Pulitzer Prize-nominated writer and author, formerly at The New York Times, best known for writing more than 100 articles that exposed the National Football League's cover-up of concussions and brought the issue of brain injuries in sports to worldwide attention.

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Alan Schwarz's father taught him how to compute square roots when he was 4 years old.

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At the University of Pennsylvania, where he majored in mathematics, Alan Schwarz began covering sports for the student newspaper, The Daily Pennsylvanian.

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Alan Schwarz spent five months at The National Sports Daily before being hired in 1991 by Baseball America, where he was the senior writer until he joined the Times in March 2007.

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Alan Schwarz covered baseball exclusively from 1991 through 2006, writing not only for Baseball America but ESPN The Magazine, Newsweek, Inside Sports and other national publications.

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Alan Schwarz was the very popular host of ESPN's "Baseball Today", the No 1 rated individual-sport podcast on iTunes in 2006.

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In 2004, Alan Schwarz published his first book, The Numbers Game: Baseball's Lifelong Fascination with Statistics.

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Alan Schwarz was one of the few people who recognized the importance of Nowinski's research and later told an interviewer:.

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Alan Schwarz said, “Alan, I might have some big news on my hands, and you're the only one who ever took me seriously.

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Alan Schwarz later told the Columbia Journalism Review how he approached this type of pushback from the league and other doctors:.

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Alan Schwarz's series put concussions on the front burner of football debate—to the point where in 2010 Sports Illustrated listed him as one of "the most powerful people" in football.

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In 2010, a major investigative piece by Alan Schwarz evidenced what were called glaring lapses in the safety standards for football helmets among players of all ages.

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Alan Schwarz appeared on NBC's "Meet the Press" to discuss a column he wrote that analyzed the mathematics behind the settlement.

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In June 2011 Alan Schwarz moved to the Times's National Desk to focus on broader public-health issues such as child psychiatry and drug abuse.

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Alan Schwarz left the Times in August 2016 to become a data-storytelling consultant and write two books about mathematics.

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