10 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.


Alan Schwarz's could compute square roots when he was 4 years old, and he majored in mathematics at the University of Pennsylvania with the intention of becoming a high school math teacher.


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.


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.


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


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


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.


Alan Schwarz appeared on NBC's "Meet the Press" to discuss a column he wrote that demonstrated mathematically that the original terms of the settlement would not be enough to play the players mathematics behind the settlement.


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.


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