I am a professor of journalism at Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis, where I teach sports journalism classes to undergraduate and graduate students and serve on the staff of the National Center for Sports Journalism. I am the author/editor of seven books, including Conspiracy of Silence: Sportswriters and the Long Campaign to Desegregate Baseball (2012); The Sound and Fury of Sarah Palin (2011); I'll Be Sober in The Morning: Great Political Comebacks, Putdowns, and Ripostes (2007); Wry Harvest: An Anthology of Midwest Humor (2006); Blackout: The Untold Story of Jackie Robinson's First Spring Training (2004); and Drawn to Extremes: The Use and Abuse of Editorial Cartooning (2004). My eighth book, From Jack Johnson to LeBron James: Sports, Media, and the Color Line, will be published in January 2016. Before becoming a college professor, I worked for newspapers and magazines for ten years. Since becoming a professor, my articles and columns have appeared in The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Sports Illustrated, Los Angeles Times, ESPN.com, Huffington Post, etc. I have been interviewed by National Public Radio, PBS, CNN, MSNBC, NBS, CBS, ESPN, Los Angeles Times, Boston Globe, etc..I have given talks at the British Library, Duke University, George Washington University, American Film Institute, and the Negro Leagues Museum. I have twice been a Pulitzer Prize judge in the category of editorial cartooning.
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