My first newspaper job out of undergrad was as a county government reporter in southern Oregon. My diggings into a corrupt county assessor prompted a state investigation and a successful recall campaign. Another piece, which got a nod from SPJ, exposed a county commissioner of lying to the media about the reasons behind his personal bankruptcy. I eventually left that job with a new nickname: Slayer.

Later, while at the Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism, I published a 5,000-word feature with The Atlantic, which exposed how the NCAA allows universities to discard injured athletes, leaving them without medical care, insurance or even a diploma. The piece was a recipient of The Nation’s iFund grant and numerous other awards. What matters, though, it prompted a lawsuit.

And that is why I’m a journalist.

These days, I am a regular contributor to Briefings and Diablo magazines as well as executive editor of the San Francisco Giants and Oakland Athletic's magazines. Previously, I was a senior editor and writer at OZY Media.