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Alan Schwarz


Alan Schwarz

Alan Schwarz (born July 3, 1968) is a Pulitzer Prize-nominated National Correspondent at The New York Times best known for writing more than 100 articles that exposed the seriousness of concussions among football players of all ages. His investigative and profile pieces are generally credited with revolutionizing the respect and protocol for head injuries in youth and professional sports. Schwarz's work was profiled in The New Yorker and several films, including Head Games and the 2013 “Frontline” PBS documentary League of Denial. The Columbia Journalism Review featured him in its 2011 Art of Great Reporting issue and wrote of his concussion work, "He put the issue on the agenda of lawmakers, sports leagues, and the media at large --- and helped create a new debate about risk and responsibility in sports." The series was described by one Hall of Fame sports writer, Murray Chass, as "the most remarkable feat in sports journalism history."

In 2011, Schwarz moved from the Times sports department to its National Desk and began writing controversial pieces on young people abusing Adderall and other stimulant medications for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. One April 2013 story, which uncovered how 15 percent of American children (and almost 20 percent of all boys nationwide) were being diagnosed with A.D.H.D. by the time they turn 18, prompted U.S. Congressman John F. Tierney to call for government hearings on overdiagnosis of A.D.H.D. and overprescription of stimulants. The stories have been met with considerable backlash from A.D.H.D. advocates.

Books by Alan Schwarz

by Ken Leiker, Alan Schwarz, and Kendo Nagasaki - History, Nonfiction, Sports

The Boston Red Sox and its innumerable fans are still flying high from the triumphs over the New York Yankees in the 2004 playoffs and the St. Louis Cardinals in the World Series --- lifting the curse of the Bambino once and for all. The magnificent history leading up to this event unfolds in the pages of this loving testament to the players, fans, triumphs, and frustrations of the team from Fenway Park. Packed to the bleachers with color illustrations, essays by some of the most gifted writers in the nation, and countless statistics, it's the complete guide to this founding team of the American League that is sure to be a grand slam against a line-up of rival titles.