Senior writer, Sports Illustrated
L. Jon Wertheim, a senior writer for SPORTS ILLUSTRATED, is one of the most accomplished sports journalists in America. His work has been cited in The Best American Sports Writing anthology four times (2005, 2006, 2007 and 2009) as well as The Best American Crime Writing (2009). He is the author of seven highly-praised books. Most recently, he and University of Chicago finance professor Tobias Moskowitz wrote the book “Scorecasting: The Hidden Influences Behind How Sports are Played and Games are Won,” (Crown, 2011) that uses economic principles to explain sports. He is also currently a visiting Ferris Professor at Princeton.
Wertheim joined SPORTS ILLUSTRATED in 1996 and quickly became one of the magazine’s most authoritative voices on tennis, the NBA, sports business and law and social issues. He has written some of the magazine’s most memorable pieces. One of the chief investigative writers and reporters for SPORTS ILLUSTRATED, Wertheim has explored wide-ranging subject matters, from high school hazing to performance-enhancing drugs and steroids in sports. His weekly Tennis Mailbag on SI.com is considered must reading among tennis aficionados. He also speaks about sports business and social issues on college campuses and for corporate audiences.
A native of Bloomington, IN, Wertheim is 1993 graduate of Yale University and received a law degree from the University of Pennsylvania in 1997. He resides in New York City.