Thomas Whalen - Biographical Brief
Thomas J. Whalen is associate professor of social science at Boston University and author of several books, including Kennedy versus Lodge: The 1952 Massachusetts Senate Race, Dynasty`s End: Bill Russell and the 1968-69 World Champion Boston Celtics, A Higher Purpose: Profiles in Presidential Courage and When the Red Sox Ruled: Baseball`s First Dynasty, 1912-1918. An expert in modern American politics, American foreign policy, the American presidency and the history of American sports, Whalen`s expert commentary has appeared in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, USA Today, ESPN 2, Boston Globe. Los Angeles Times,The Economist,and the Associated Press. He has also appeared on several national broadcast outlets outlets including CNN, NPR, Fox News Channel, Inside Edition, C-Span, Voice of America and Reuters TV.
Mike Vaccaro - Biographical Brief
He has been a writer-at-large for a men`s fashion magazine, and his work has appeared in the New York Times Magazine, the LA Times Magazine, the Nation, the Atlantic, Sports Illustrated and The Chicago Tribune, among others. Although he is no longer a contributor to Eric Alderman`s Altercation, he remains a devoted reader. Pierce is a not infrequent contributor to the American Prospect and Slate. He appears weekly on National Public Radio`s sports program Only A Game and on the Stephanie Miller Show and is a regular panelist on NPR`s game show, Wait, Wait Don`t Tell Me. Since July 1997 he has been a writer at large at Esquire, covering everything from John McCain to the Hubble telescope, with more than a few shooting stars thrown in between. In the fall of 2011 Pierce left the Boston Globe Sunday Magazine, where he had been since 2002, to become a staff writer for Grantland as well as the lead writer for esquire.com`s politics blog.
Mike Vaccaro has been the lead sports columnist for The New York Post since November 2002. Previously, he worked as a columnist at The Star-Ledger in Newark, N.J., the Kansas City Star, the Middletown (N.Y.) Times Herald-Record.
He was sports editor of the Northwest Arkansas Times, and when he was appointed to that position in 1991 he was, at 24, the youngest sports editor of a daily newspaper anywhere in the country.
Vaccaro has won over 50 writing awards since beginning his career in 1989 as a reporter for the Olean Times Herald, where his primary beat was St. Bonaventure University basketball. In both 20013 and 2014 he was named New York state Sportswriter of the Year by the National Sportswriter and Sportscaster Association.
Vaccaro is a 1989 graduate of St. Bonaventure University. He and his wife, Leigh, live in Hillsdale, New Jersey.
He is the author of three books: Emperors and Idiots: The Hundred Year Rivalry between the Yankees and Red Sox, From the Very Beginning to the End of the Curse; 1941: The Greatest Year in Sports; and The First Fall Classic: The Red Sox, the Giants, and the Cast of Players, Pugs and Politicos who Reinvented the World Series in 1912.