The Heart of Sports

The Heart of Sports

Susie Petruccelli on her Book “Raised a Warrior”; The Undefeated’s Jesse Washington on his Book “I Came as a Shadow”; SI Exec Editor Jon Wertheim on his Book “Glory Days” Download

00:56 Download August 6th, 2021

Jason and Jeff interview three authors and members of sports media.  Susie Petruccelli on her book “Raised a Warrior”, Jesse Washington on his book “I Came as a Shadow”, and Jon Wertheim on his book “Glory Days”.  This is a must listen show!

Susie Petruccelli is a former captain of the Harvard women’s soccer team, youth coach, author, producer and tech professional. She supports organizations that grow opportunities and safety for girls like the Women’s Sports Foundation, Coaches Across Continents, and the Equal Playing Field Initiative. Susie invests in female founded projects and start ups like Ida Sports, a company that makes soccer cleats specifically for women, and Build & Imagine, a toy company that designs STEM building toys for girls. Susie is the executive producer of the Equal Playing Field documentary and the suicide awareness film, Last Call. She is producing a film with Kely Nascimento-DeLuca, Julie Foudy and Donald Rosenfeld about human rights and sports called Warriors of a Beautiful Game and she is working at Atlanta Media Group building their women’s soccer streaming platform to grow exposure and fandom for the women’s game.

To purchase “Raised a Warrior” follow this link.

Jesse Washington was born in Brooklyn to an artist father and social worker mother. His family moved to Poughkeepsie, NY, when he was in grade school, and he began his career covering sports for The Poughkeepsie Journal the summer after his freshman year at Yale University. The next summer he returned to the Journal and switched to local news. He got his first front-page byline on his 19th birthday, on a story about Louis Farrakhan’s visit to the home of Tawana Brawley.

While in college, Jesse became a DJ, pledged Kappa Alpha Psi, and played on the basketball team. He also worked for Business Week magazine, the Hartford Courant, The New York Times, and completed a summer internship with The Associated Press. He started a reporting job in AP’s Detroit bureau after graduating from Yale in 1992. A year later, Jesse transferred to AP’s national editing desk in New York City. In 1996, he became assistant bureau chief for New York City.

At the end of 1996, Jesse left AP to become managing editor of Vibe magazine. In 1998, he was named founding editor-in-chief of Blaze, a Vibe spinoff and the biggest music magazine launch ever. In the premiere issue, Jesse made news with an editorial describing how the artist Wyclef Jean threatened him with a gun over a negative album review, which Wyclef denied. Jesse was hospitalized after another confrontation with a rapper angered over his coverage. He was fired in 1998 after a dispute with the owner of the magazine, who refused to publish Jesse’s editorial about the acquittal of his friend in a high-profile Manhattan murder case.

Next, Jesse started a company with his father that published two coffee-table books, on the black artists Romare Bearden and Elizabeth Catlett. He co-founded the street basketball magazine Bounce and wrote eight cover stories for the Houston Press. In 2003, Jesse returned to the AP as Entertainment Editor, supervising a team in New York and Los Angeles covering film, television, music and celebrities. He made news in that position due to an experimental story describing how AP tried not to publish anything about Paris Hilton for one week, and again when news leaked that AP had prepared an obituary for Britney Spears.

Jesse’s novel, Black Will Shoot, was published in 2008. Later that year — three months before the election of the first black president — he began covering race for AP. Since 2015, Jesse has been a senior writer for ESPN’s The Undefeated, a platform for exploring the intersections of race, sports and culture. He is co-author of the autobiography of former Georgetown basketball coach John Thompson, I Came As A Shadow, published in 2020 by Henry Holt. Jesse has won a National Journalism Award from the Asian-American Journalists Association, Journalist of the Year award from the Philadelphia Association of Black Journalists, two feature awards from the National Association of Black Journalists, and a 2019 Associated Press Sports Editors Top 10 award for column writing.

Jesse is married with four children and a member of the Baha’i Faith. You can find him giving folks the business on a basketball court near you.

To purchase “I Came as a Shadow” follow this link.

Jon Wertheim is a sports journalist and author. He has been a full-time staff member for Sports Illustrated since 1996, and is presently the Executive Editor. He has covered tennis, the NBA, sports business and mixed martial arts. He is also a contributing correspondent for 60 Minutes on CBS and an analyst for the Tennis Channel at the four Majors. Wertheim is the author of ten books including Strokes of Genius: Federer, Nadal, and the Greatest Match Ever Played, which gives a stroke by stroke analysis of the 2008 Men’s Singles Wimbledon final between Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, and is a co-author (along with Toby Moskowitz) of the New York Times bestseller Scorecasting: The Hidden Influences Behind How Sports Are Played and Games Are Won, a wide-ranging statistical analysis of common misconceptions in American sports.

He lives in New York City with his wife Ellie and their two children.

He has an undergraduate degree from Yale University and a law degree from the University of Pennsylvania.

To purchase “Glory Days” follow this link.

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