Joe Posnanski has been National Columnist for NBC Sports since 2013, where he writes about more or less every sport from baseball to NASCAR to Premier League football to the Olympics. He is seen above in muppet form — this was the award he won for being named best sportswriter at the Blogs with Balls 4 Conference. It is his daughters favorite award though they have already lost the glasses and the stick that moves the arms.
Before moving to NBC, Posnanski helped launch Sports On Earth, a a joint venture of USA Today and MLB Advanced media. He was Senior Writer at Sports Illustrated from 2009 to 2012, where among many other things he wrote cover stories on Albert Pujols, LeBron James, Zack Greinke, Jose Bautista and Ian Johnson, the Boise State player who scored the winning points at the Fiesta Bowl and then proposed to Chrissy Popadics, captain of the Boise State cheerleading squad.
He was sports columnist at The Kansas City Star from 1996 to 2009, where he wrote often about heartbreaking Chiefs playoff losses and Kansas City Royals teams that lost 100 games. Posnanski also wrote a lot about Pete Rose, Marge Schott and losing Bengals football as columnist at the Cincinnati Post from 1994-96 and, before that, way too much about the Masters as columnist for the Augusta Chronicle. Joe started his career as an editor, reporter, agate clerk and coffee fetcher for The Charlotte Observer.
Posnanski has written four books, including New York Times bestsellers Paterno and The Machine and the Casey Award Winning Soul of Baseball: A Road Trip Through Buck O’Neil’s America. His new book, The Secret of Golf: The Story of Tom Watson and Jack Nicklaus will hit bookstores June 9.
In addition to the prestigious muppet-that-looks-like-you award, he was named national sportswriter of the year by the National Sportswriters and Sportscasters Hall of Fame, national columnist of the year by the Associated Press Sports Editors and the Baseball Bloggers Alliance has named its writer of the year award after him.
Posnanski lives in Charlotte with his wife Margo, their two daughters Elizabeth and Katie and their dog Westley, named for the hero in “The Princess Bride.”