October 2, 2012
Award-winning journalist Pablo S. Torre will join ESPN The Magazine and ESPN.com as a senior writer beginning October 10. Torre, who comes to ESPN from Sports Illustrated and has regularly contributed to The Sports Reporters and other ESPN platforms, will be working with ESPN’s distinguished enterprise and investigative reporting team in addition to covering the NBA and college basketball.
For the past five years, Torre has served as a staff writer for Sports Illustrated, reporting investigative pieces on topics as far ranging as athletes and their financial struggles to transgender athletes. He also distinguished himself with his features on a wide array of subjects, including Mike Tyson, Manny Pacquiao and Jeremy Lin.
“Pablo has a nose for big stories that matter and that resonate with readers,” said Chad Millman, editor-in-chief, ESPN The Magazine. “We’re excited for him to join the incredible roster of talent writing online and in the pages of the magazine.”
His coverage has already earned Torre industry accolades, including a nod for “Notable Sports Writing of 2012” in the annual Best American Sports Writing anthology for “Larger than Real Life,” which tells the story of 7-foot Mark Eaton and the imperative role basketball plays in his life. In 2011, a piece on Shaka Smart and VCU’s surprise Final Four run garnered a feature writing award from the U.S. Basketball Writers Association, and in 2010, Torre received the Mental Health America Media Award and an Associationof Health Care Journalists award for “A Light in the Darkness,” a piece focusing on the ever-changing culture around mental health in MLB. In the same year, the Boxing Writers Association of America awarded Torre for two separate pieces – one, on the Academy-Award winning feature film, The Fighter, and the other, a profile piece on the then newly clean and sober vegan, Mike Tyson.
In addition, his piece “How (and Why) Athletes Go Broke” received recognition from the Society of American Business Editors and Writers with a “Best in Business Journalism Award for Enterprise Reporting” in 2009, prompting the SEC’s investigation of investment firm Triton Financial, for defrauding investors in a multimillion-dollar scam. A federal jury would later find Triton’s CEO guilty of 39 criminal charges.
Torre graduated from Harvard University magna cum laude with highest honors, receiving the Albert M. Fulton Prize for best thesis in the field of sociology and Sports Story of the Year, selected by the Associated Collegiate Press/American Society of Newspaper Editors, in 2007. He also was elected Phi Beta Kappa and served as an executive editor of Harvard’s school newspaper, The Crimson.
Torre resides in New York City.
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