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Jonah Keri is a NY Times best-selling author, sports writer for ESPN’s Grantland, and told me some fantastic stories on this week’s show.  He has been a paid journalist his entire professional life and he details his journey as a writer. Jonah dives into how he started his podcast, the process behind writing his best-selling books, and how he wound-up working for Bill Simmons’ Grantland website.

Great Jonah Keri quotes:

“Somebody is always paying attention to what you’re doing somewhere.”

“One of my favorite quotes is by Branch Rickey: ‘Luck is the residue of design.’  Meaning you need a lot of luck in life, but if you work hard and you have a baseline level of skill – things will come to you.”

Listen on iTunes here

What you’ll learn from this episode:

  • Jonah’s book writing process, how long it takes him to research and interview subjects
  • How his girlfriend helped him get back into baseball during Major League Baseball’s ’94-’95 strike season
  • How he booked early guests like Rickey Henderson, Evan Longoria, and Death Cab’s Ben Gibbard for his podcast
  • The story behind his first job as a sports writer
  • How posting on baseball message boards helped him land his first book deal
  • How he connected with Bill Simmons to start writing for Grantland


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