Meet Jeff

In an effort to try and seem cool and professional, I’m required by law to write this biography in the third person—as if someone has been hired by Jeff Pearlman to write a bio of Jeff Pearlman.

Eh, that’s not really my style.

So, to be clear. It’s me! Jeff Pearlman! I’m the New York Times best-selling author of nine books. My latest release, “Three-Ring Circus: Kobe, Shaq, Phil and the Crazy Years of the Lakers Dynasty” comes out in hardcover In September 2020 and is available now in myriad places. I am a former Sports Illustrated senior writer, a former ESPN.com columnist and a former staff writer for Newsday and The (Nashville) Tennessean. I wrote a weekly column for The Athletic, and contributed to a whole bunch of places, ranging from Bleacher Report to the Wall Street Journal to Sports Illustrated to CNN.com. I also co-host the Two Writers Slinging Yang podcast as a solo artist. I’m a habitual blogger, an addicted Tweeter and a guy who knows how lucky and fortunate he is to make his career as a writer/author/Tom Cruise lookalike. There are plenty of people in this world who hate their jobs; hate starting the day; hate what they do and dream of retirement.

That’s not me. I’m the luckiest guy in the world. I do what I love.

If you e-mail me, I will always write back—unless you insult my mother or refer to me as Larry. I’m a former (awful) cross country and track runner at the University of Delaware, I’m a lover of all things Hall and Oates, I have ridiculously thin skin and my wife is only 5-feet tall. We have two children, and a dog, Norma, who recently passed and broke our hearts. I’m still not recovered.

Of late, I’ve taken to wearing my T-shirts inside out. Which helps explain why, in the above photograph, my T-shirt is inside out.

“PEARLMAN’S ENTHUSIASM FOR HIS SUBJECT IS INFECTIOUS . . . HE HAS CHANNELED HIS YOUTHFUL AFFECTION INTO A RAUCOUS, WELL-REPORTED, SUPREMELY ENTERTAINING RIPSAW OF A STORY.” – THE NEW YORK TIMES

Some quick facts:
Born and raised: The mean streets of Mahopac, N.Y.
College: University of Delaware.
Wife: The stupendous Catherine Pearlman.
Kids: Casey, Emmett, Enrique, Mel, John, John II, Steve, Edward, Bobby, Malik, Yoba.
Highest moment (not included cliched stuff like wedding, arrival of kids): My wife donating her kidney to a stranger. Full story here.
Lowest moment: Sitting in my NYC apartment in 1999 and being told my Grandma Marta was dead.
Five favorite musical artists: Hall and Oates. Tupac. A Tribe Called Quest. Blind Melon. MC White Owl.
Five favorite athletes: Ken Griffey, Sr., Garry Templeton, J.R. Richard, Wesley Walker, Ken O’Brien.
Greatest Athletic Achievement: Walking on to the University of Delaware track and cross country teams.
Lowest Athletic Non-Achievement: Placing last in the mile at the East Coast Conference indoor track and field championships, 1991.
Favorite writing spot: Anywhere with hot drinks, wood tables, outlets and some mojo.
Favorite word: Serendipity.
The things I love the most …: My family, writing, playing hoops.
The things I hate the most …: iPhones, loud iPhone talkers, loud iPhone talkers in coffee shops.