Sports Editor/Author at The Nation Magazine

Dave Zirin
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Dave Zirin At A Glance:

Dave Zirin is the sports editor at The Nation. He is the author of 11 books on the politics of sports. He is also the coproducer and writer of the new documentary Behind the Shield: The Power and Politics of the NFL.

Named one of UTNE Reader’s “50 Visionaries Who Are Changing Our World”, Dave Zirin is the sports editor at the Nation Magazine, their first sports editor in over 150 years of existence. He has been called “the best sportswriter in the United States,” by the New York Times icon Robert Lipsyte. He also hosts Edge of Sports Television on The Real News Network

Zirin has written eleven books on the politics of sports, including the acclaimed biography Jim Brown: Last Man Standing. He is also the co-author of the New York Times bestseller, Things That Make White People Uncomfortable with former NFL player Michael Bennett

Zirin has brought his blend of sports and politics to multiple television programs including ESPN’s Outside the Lines, MSNBC’s Morning Joe, CNN, and Democracy Now! with Amy Goodman. He has also been on numerous national radio programs from sports radio to National Public Radio’s Tell Me MoreTalk of the Nation, and All Things Considered.

Zirin has also been an advisor to filmmakers ranging from Ken Burns to Ang Lee and has appeared in a number of documentaries. He also produced a segment on the forthcoming Showtime documentary about Dr. Harry Edwards.  His writing has appeared in the New York Timesthe Los Angeles Timesthe Washington Postthe New York Daily NewsNew York Newsdaythe Baltimore Sunthe Pittsburgh Courier, and many other publications.

  • The Intersection of Sports, Politics, and Activism

    Called “the best sportswriter in the United States by New York Times legend Robert Lipsyte, Dave Zirin brings his unique blend of sports and politics to every speaking engagement and can speak on numerous topics. The best-selling author of 11 books on all angles of sports and politics, the award-winning sports editor at The Nation Magazine can speak, explain and make clear how the past, present and future of sports can actually explain our world well outside the lines. He has spoken at universities and conferences on the following topics over a twenty-year career:

    1) The history of race and sports from Jack Johnson to Jackie Robinson to Colin Kaepernick
    2) How women, gender and sports can explain the world
    3) LGBTQIA Emergence In Sports and the way this has Changed Society
    4) sports unions changed the playing field
    5) “Sports futurism”: what the future of sports could and should look like
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