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Stefan Fatsis began talking about "sports and the business of sports" with the hosts of All Things Considered in 1998. Since then he has been a familiar weekly voice on the games themselves and their financial, legal and social implications.
The author of three books, Fatsis' national bestseller, Word Freak: Heartbreak, Triumph, Genius, and Obsession in the World of Competitive Scrabble Players, chronicled the subculture of the game and his own rise from novice to expert-level player. A 10th anniversary edition of Word Freak will be published in the summer of 2011.
Fatsis is the author of A Few Seconds of Panic: A Sportswriter Plays in the NFL, the story of his Plimptonian journey as a training-camp placekicker for the Denver Broncos and life in the modern NFL, and Wild and Outside: How a Renegade Minor League Revived the Spirit of Baseball in America's Heartland. He has contributed to the anthologies Anatomy of Baseball, Top of the Order: 25 Writers Pick Their Favorite Baseball Player of All Time, The Enlightened Bracketologist and The Final Four of Everything.
Fatsis can be heard on Slate.com's weekly sports podcast "Hang Up and Listen." A former reporter for The Wall Street Journal, he has written for The New York Times, The Washington Post, Slate, Sports Illustrated, The Atlantic, The New Republic, Deadspin and other publications.
Jim Burress is a proud native of Louisville, Kentucky. He holds a bachelor’s degree in English from Wabash College in Indiana, and a master’s in Mass Communication from Murray State University. That's where Jim started his public radio career (WKMS-FM).
Jim moved to Atlanta to work on his PhD, but after a year away from reporting, he realized he preferred the newsroom to the classroom. He came to WABE in the spring of 2008, where he’s a reporter and host.
As a licensed pilot, Jim loves to fly single-engine Cessna airplanes. His interest in aviation is why you’ll likely hear him report a lot on the commercial aviation industry. As a Kaiser Health News/NPR fellow, Jim also covers healthcare and healthcare policy for WABE.
Jim is a regular contributor to the national show Marketplace, and his reports have aired nationally on NPR's Morning Edition, All Things Considered, and Day to Day.
Jim has won numerous professional awards, including 1st place honors from both the Kentucky and Georgia Associated Press and several regional Edward R. Murrow Awards. In 2010, the Atlanta Press Club awarded Jim its radio “Award of Excellence” for his reporting on the Atlanta Police Department, and again in 2012 for a joint project looking at Clayton County schools.
But Jim's biggest prize came in 2001 when he won it all on the game show, "The Price is Right."
Taylor is VPR's digital reporter. After growing up in Vermont, he graduated with at BA in Journalism from Northeastern University in 2013.