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Bio

Among the most honored and versatile writers in the country, Frank Deford's work has appeared in virtually every medium.  He is the author of seventeen books.  His latest is the acclaimed novel, Bliss, Remembered, a romantic story of intrigue about an American swimmer who falls in love with the son of a Nazi diplomat at the 1936 Berlin Olympics.  On television, he is a correspondent on the HBO show, "Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel," and on radio he may be heard as a commentator every Wednesday on "Morning Edition" on National Public Radio.  Previously, he has been a commentator at both NBC and CNN.  In magazines, he remains a Senior Contributing Writer at Sports Illustrated, continuing a relationship with SI that dates back to 1962.

Deford has been a correspondent on HBO's Real Sports since the show's inception in 1995.  The scope of his work includes compelling reports on Juan Antonio Samaranch and the Olympic Movement in 1996, the hidden world next to the Masters in Augusta, GA, the dangerous world of Toughman' fighting competitions, the story behind the death of former world champion Alexis Arguello, and the proliferation of fantasy football leagues; plus revealing profiles of Bobby Knight, Ichiro Suzuki, Dallas Braden and David Beckham, among others.  His 2001 report on the "Miracle League," a Georgia-based program that allows handicapped youths to play on specially crafted baseball diamonds, sparked national interest in the concept and led to the development of hundreds of similar leagues around the country.

In addition to his work on HBO's Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel, Deford's writing credits at the network include "Bill Russell:  My Life, My Way," "Dare to Compete:  The Struggle of Women in Sports," "Rebels of Oakland: The A's, the Raiders, the 70's," "Sports on the Silver Screen," and most recently, the 2007 HBO Sports documentary, "Barbaro".

Bliss, Remembered is the tenth of Deford's novels.  His books have ranged from biography to history to mystery to humor.  Two of his books - - the novel, Everybody's All-American, and Alex:  The Life of A Child, his memoir about his young daughter who died of cystic fibrosis - - have been made into movies.  Deford also wrote the original screenplay for two other films, the comedy Trading Hearts and Four Minutes, the story of Roger Bannister's quest to run the first four-minute mile.

Among his many honors, Deford is a member of the Hall-of-Fame of the National Association of Sportscasters and Sportswriters.  Six times he was voted by his peers as U.S. Sportswriter of the Year.  The American Journalism Review has likewise cited him as the nation's finest sports writer, and twice he was voted Magazine Writer of the Year by the Washington Journalism Review.

He has been presented with a National Magazine Award and a Christopher Award, and with distinguished service-to-journalism awards from the University of Missouri and Northeastern University.  The Sporting News has described Deford as "the most influential sports voice among members of the print media," and the magazine GQ has called him "the world's greatest sportswriter."  In broadcast, Deford has won an Emmy in 1988 for his work on NBC at the Seoul Olympics.  He received a Cable Ace award for writing the 1994 HBO Sports' documentary "Arthur Ashe:  Citizen of the World."

For more than fifteen years, Deford served as national chairman of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, and he is now chairman emeritus.  He resides in Westport, Connecticut with his wife Carol.  They have two grown children - - a son, Christian and daughter, Scarlet.  A native of Baltimore, Deford is a graduate of Princeton University.  He has taught there, in American Studies, has been awarded several honorary degrees and has spoken at well over a hundred American colleges and universities.

Frank Deford

Frank Deford