About George

Portrait of George DohrmannMy obituary is sure to begin with the fact that I won a Pulitzer Prize, so I might as well start there. I earned journalism's top honor in 2000 while working at the St. Paul (Minn.) Pioneer Press for a series of stories that uncovered academic fraud within the University of Minnesota men's basketball program. It made me, for a spell, one of the most despised people in the Land of 10,000 Lakes. I still get the occasional email from Gophers fans informing me that I am a jerk.

I joined Sports Illustrated a few months after winning the Pulitzer and have worked there ever since and am currently a senior writer. My primary beat is investigative projects, but I also write about college basketball, college football and soccer.

Prior to joining the Pioneer Press in 1997, I worked two years at the Los Angeles Times. I covered USC's basketball team for one season and broke a few stories, but the majority of my time at that wonderful newspaper was spent answering phones and making copies.

I graduated from Notre Dame in 1995 with a B.A. in American Studies and later earned an MFA in creative writing from the University of San Francisco. I have taught journalism classes at the Graduate School of Journalism at UC-Berkeley and at Santa Clara University.

I live in San Francisco, in the foggy Inner Sunset, with my wife, Sharon, and my daughter Jessica and one dog, Reyna (a crazy mutt). I write at the Starbucks in my neighborhood or at Cafe Reverie in Cole Valley while downing Chai Lattes. When I am not writing and reporting, I play a mean sweeper on a couple local soccer teams, and I build furniture that my wife pretends to like.

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