Grant Wahl of Sports Illustrated magazine joined the Forum for Scholars and Publics for a lunchtime discussion that covered the future of women's soccer, focusing on the upcoming 2015 Women's World Cup, roles of big players such as FIFA and Fox Broadcasting, and the relationship between women's national and league teams, among other topics. Wahl is considered the leading journalist writing about soccer in the U.S. today, and has covered women's soccer since the 1990s. He spoke about the changing media landscape surrounding the women's game, and answered questions about his work as a sports journalist.
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Senior Writer, Sports Illustrated
Grant Wahl began writing for Sports Illustrated in November 1996 as a reporter and was promoted to his current position of senior writer in October 2000. Wahl has covered seven World Cups (four men's, three women's) and four Olympics for SI. Some of his most notable stories include The World's Team (about FC Barcelona) and lengthy stories on David Beckham, Alex Morgan, José Mourinho, Didier Drogba, LeBron James and Kevin Durant. Wahl, 39, grew up in Mission, Kansas, and attended Princeton University, where he graduated with a B.A. in politics in 1996. Wahl's first book, The Beckham Experiment (Crown, 2009), was the first soccer book to become a New York Times bestseller. He tweets @GrantWahl.