Steve Fainaru

Steve Fainaru is an American investigative journalist and senior writer for and ESPN The Magazine. He was previously a correspondent for the Washington Post, where his coverage of the Iraq War earned him the Pulitzer Prize for International Reporting in 2008.[2] He left the Post in 2010 and became managing editor of The Bay Citizen, a San Francisco Bay Area news organization. He co-wrote League of Denial with his brother Mark Fainaru-Wada, a book about traumatic brain injury in the National Football League, which earned Fainaru and his brother the 2014 PEN/ESPN Award for Literary Sports Writing.

Fainaru was born in Mountain View, California, and grew up in Marin County. He attended Redwood High School in Larkspur, and graduated from the University of Missouri in 1984. He returned to the Bay Area and worked for the San Jose Mercury News, then moved to the East coast, working for Hartford Courant (Connecticut) from 1986 to 1989, then the Boston Globe, where he was named the Globe New York bureau chief. He earned a master's degree in international affairs at Columbia University in 1992. From 1995 to 1998 he was the Globe Latin American bureau chief, based in Mexico City.[3]

Steve Fainaru
Fainaru at the 2014 Peabody Awards
Fainaru at the 2014 Peabody Awards
Born1961/1962 (age 56–57)[1]
Notable awardsPulitzer Prize for International Reporting


  1. ^ Menicutch, Tim (August 30, 2016). "Fainaru brothers: ESPN's Redwood alums are decorated journalists working together". Marin Independent Journal.
  2. ^ Wright, Gordon (February 2012). "The Brothers Write". Marin Magazine.
  3. ^ Strupp, Joe (July 1, 2006). "The Brothers Fainaru". Editor & Publisher.

Selected publications

  • Fainaru, Steve; Sanchez, Ray (2001). The Duke of Havana: Baseball, Cuba, and the Search for the American Dream. New York: Villard Books. ISBN 978-0812992564.
  • Fainaru, Steve (2008). Big Boy Rules: America's Mercenaries Fighting in Iraq. Cambridge: Da Capo Press. ISBN 978-0306818387.
  • Fainaru-Wada, Mark; Fainaru, Steve (2013). League of Denial: The NFL, Concussions, and the Battle for Truth. Three Rivers Press. ISBN 978-0770437565.

External links

2008 Pulitzer Prize

The 2008 Pulitzer Prizes were announced on April 7, 2008, the 92nd annual awards.The Washington Post won six awards, second only to the seven won by The New York Times in 2002. Three organizations were awarded prizes for the first time: Reuters, Investor's Business Daily and the Concord Monitor. No prize was given for editorial writing.


ArmorGroup International is a British company providing private security. It was founded in 1981 and was listed on the London Stock Exchange until 6 June 2008 (it was acquired by G4S plc in April 2008).

ArmorGroup provides protective security services, risk management consultancy, security training and mine action services. It has 38 offices in 27 countries, including Afghanistan, Bahrain, Colombia, Iraq, Lebanon, Nigeria and Sudan.

It is a founder and full member of the International Peace Operations Association (IPOA), the British Association of Private Security Companies (BAPSC) and the Private Security Company Association of Iraq (PSCAI).ArmorGroup is managed by Noel Philp, Chief Operating Officer; Matthew Brabin, M.D. and Christopher Beese, chief administrative officer.

Barret Robbins

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Baseball in Cuba

Baseball is one of the most popular sports in Cuba. It was popularized in Cuba by Nemesio Guillot, who founded the first major baseball club in the country. It became the most played sport in the country in the 1870s, before the period of American intervention.

Despite its American origin, baseball is strongly associated with Cuban nationalism, as it effectively replaced colonial Spanish sports such as bullfighting. Since the Cuban Revolution, the league system in Cuba has been officially amateur. Top players are placed on the national team, earning stipends for training and playing in international competitions.

Chuck Waseleski

Charles "Chuck" Waseleski (November 30, 1954 – April 7, 2016) was an American pioneering sabermetrician from Massachusetts.

Waseleski was called "the czar of hardball software" by Boston Globe sportswriter Dan Shaughnessy, but was most famously known in Boston as "The Maniacal One", a sobriquet often seen on the sports pages of the Globe. The nickname, coined by Steve Fainaru and continued in use by Gordon Edes, Peter Gammons, and Nick Cafardo, honored Waseleski's extreme attention to detail.Waseleski, more a statistics compiler than an analyst, kept track for many years of every pitch and every ball in play of every Boston Red Sox game, during the early days of sabermetrics when this data was not routinely compiled.Waseleski did not practice sabermetrics as a full-time profession (he worked for an engineering consulting firm), although he did publish monthly and seasonal reports for a while and was employed by sports agents, and excerpts of his work appeared in works by Bill James and in Globe newspaper columns beginning in the 1980s.


Fainaru is a surname. Notable people with the surname include:

Belu-Simion Fainaru (born 1959), Israeli sculptor

Mark Fainaru-Wada, American journalist and book author

Steve Fainaru, American journalist, Pulitzer Prize winner

Jim Kitterman

James Owen Kitterman (c. 1949 – May 22, 2009) was an American citizen murdered in Iraq's Green Zone.Kitterman was a former United States Navy chief petty officer.

He had worked in Iraq since the US invasion in 2003, for Kellogg, Brown and Root and other firms. He was the president of his own construction firm Janus Construction, based in Houston.

CNN reported on June 7, 2009 that Kitterman had been bound, blindfolded and gagged, prior to being stabbed.

José de Jesús Méndez Vargas

José de Jesús Méndez Vargas (born 28 February 1974), commonly referred to by his alias El Chango ("The Ape"), is a Mexican drug lord and former leader of the now disbanded La Familia drug cartel, headquartered in the state of Michoacán.Méndez took control of the cartel after its former leader, Nazario Moreno, was allegedly killed in a shootout with Mexican Federal Police on December 9, 2010. His protection was the responsibility of twelve gunmen he called the "Twelve Apostles". His leadership, however, was disputed by Servando Gómez Martínez and Enrique Plancarte Solís who left the organization and formed the Knights Templar.

League of Denial

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Leigh Ann Hester

Leigh Ann Hester (born 12 January 1982) is a United States Army National Guard soldier. While assigned to the 617th Military Police Company, a Kentucky Army National Guard unit out of Richmond, Kentucky, Hester received the Silver Star for her heroic actions on 20 March 2005 during an enemy ambush on a supply convoy near the town of Salman Pak, Iraq.Hester is the first female U.S. Army soldier to receive the Silver Star since World War II and the first ever to be cited for valor in close quarters combat.

Mark Fainaru-Wada

Mark Fainaru-Wada is an American journalist and writer, working for ESPN since 2007. He formerly was a reporter with the San Francisco Chronicle, where he and Lance Williams achieved fame in covering the BALCO steroid scandal. He is co-author of Game of Shadows with Williams, a 2006 book about the BALCO scandal, and League of Denial, co-written with his brother Steve Fainaru, a 2013 book about traumatic brain injury in the National Football League. For his co-reporting with Williams, Fainaru-Wada received a George Polk Award, Edgar A. Poe Award, Dick Schaap Award for Outstanding Journalism and Associated Press Sports Editor Award. League of Denial earned Fainaru-Wada a 2014 PEN/ESPN Award for Literary Sports Writing, and was adapted into a Frontline documentary, which received a 2013 Peabody Award.

Fainaru-Wada was born in Los Angeles, California, and grew up in Marin County, north of San Francisco. He and his brother attended Redwood High School in Larkspur. He attended Northwestern University, graduating in 1989. He began his career at Knoxville News-Sentinel in Tennessee, covering women's basketball, and moved to the Los Angeles Daily News in 1990 to cover the Los Angeles Angels. He soon returned to the San Francisco Bay Area,

writing for the short-lived National Sports Daily. When the Daily folded in 1991, he freelanced, taught high school English, and briefly worked at the Santa Rosa Press-Democrat before relocating to Washington D.C. to work for the Scripps Howard News Service He joined the San Francisco Examiner in 1997, and the Chronicle in 2000.

In 1996 he married Nicole Wada, and combined her last name with his. He resides in Petaluma, California with his wife, and has two children.


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Mike Krukow

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PEN/ESPN Award for Literary Sports Writing

The PEN/ESPN Award for Literary Sports Writing is awarded by the PEN American Center to honor "a nonfiction book about sports." The award was established in 2010 and is awarded to a title that is "biographical, investigative, historical, or analytical" in nature. Judges have included Robert Lipsyte, Tim O'Brien, and Susan Orlean.

Presented in conjunction is the PEN/ESPN Lifetime Achievement Award for Literary Sports Writing. This award is given to an American or U.S.-based writer to honor "their body of work and long-term contributions to the field of literary sports writing." The award was established in 2011 and includes an honorarium of US$5,000. Candidates are nominated by PEN Members.

The award is one of many PEN awards sponsored by International PEN affiliates in over 145 PEN centers around the world. The PEN American Center awards have been characterized as being among the "major" American literary prizes.

Pulitzer Prize for International Reporting

This Pulitzer Prize has been awarded since 1942 for a distinguished example of reporting on international affairs, including United Nations correspondence. In its first six years (1942–1947), it was called the Pulitzer Prize for Telegraphic Reporting - International.

Romanian Americans

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Other sources provide higher estimates for the numbers of Romanian Americans in the contemporary US; for example, the Romanian-American Network Inc. supplies a rough estimate of 1.1 million who are fully or partially of Romanian ethnicity. There is also a significant number of persons of Romanian Jewish ancestry, estimated at about 225,000.

Split Decision (unreleased film)

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The Bay Citizen

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The Mercury News

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