Frank Deford is a contributing writer for Sports Illustrated, and has won the Sportswriter of the Year award six times. He has also written 13 books and is a regular on ESPN.
Among the most versatile of writers, Frank Deford's work has appeared in virtually every medium. In magazines, he has returned to Sports Illustrated, where his byline originally appeared from 1962 through 1989. On radio, he may be heard as a commentator every Wednesday on Morning Edition on National Public Radio and, on television, he is a regular correspondent on the HBO show, ReaISports With Bryant Gumbel.
Moreover, Frank Deford is the author of fourteen books. The next of his eight novels, An American Summer, is a tender story that takes place in 1954, and is about an adolescent boy who befriends a young woman with polio. An American Summer has already been chosen as a Literary Guild selection. Two other of his books - the novel, Everybody's All-American, and Alex: The Life Of A Child, his memoir about his daughter who died of cystic fibrosis - have been made into movies. Deford also wrote the screenplay for an original film, the comedy Trading Hearts. Another of his novels, Casey On The Loose, is presently being adapted as a Broadway musical.
As a journalist, Frank Deford was most recently presented with the National Magazine Award for profiles for his story on Bill Russell. He has been elected to the Hall of Fame of the National Association of Sportscasters and Sportswriters. Six times Deford was voted by his peers as U.S. Sportswriter of The Year. The American Journalism Review has likewise cited him as the nation's finest sportswriter, and twice he was voted Magazine Writer of The Year by the Washington Journalism Review.
Frank Deford has been presented with a Christopher Award and journalism Honor Awards from the University of Missouri and Northeastern University. The Sporting News has described Deford as "the most influential sports voice among members of the print media," and the magazine GQ has called him, simply, "the world's greatest sportswriter." In broadcast, Deford has won both an Emmy and a George Foster Peabody Award.
For fifteen years, Frank Deford served as national chairman of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, and he remains chairman emeritus. He resides in Westport, Connecticut with his wife, Carol. They have two children;a son, Christian, and a daughter, Scarlet. A native of Baltimore, Deford is a graduate of Princeton University, where he has taught in American Studies.