Grant Wahl

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Grant Wahl
Born (1974-00-00) December 0, 1974 (age 40)
Mission, Kansas, United States
Occupation Writer
Genre Journalism
Notable works The Beckham Experiment

Grant Wahl (1974 in Mission, Kansas) is an American sports journalist who is best known for being a writer for Sports Illustrated. He is also the author of the controversial book, The Beckham Experiment.[1]


In 1996, Wahl began his career working with the Miami Herald as an intern. From there, he joined Sports Illustrated in November 1996. By October 2000, he was promoted to the position of senior writer. Wahl mostly covers soccer for both the magazine and

In his career, he has reported on 12 NCAA basketball tournaments, five World Cups, and three Olympic games.

He first gained critical acclaim for his 1998 cover story Where's Daddy?, which documented the growing number of illegitimate children born to professional athletes. Since then, he has written numerous cover stories and profiles on athletes. In addition, Wahl has received four Magazine Story of the Year awards given by the U.S. Basketball Writers Association.[2]

Wahl’s wrote his first book in 2009 called The Beckham Experiment. The book was a New York Times Best Seller.[3]

In 2011, Wahl announced that he wanted to run for FIFA-president, but pulled out before the official deadline for the election hit.[4][5][6]

Personal life[edit]

Wahl was born in 1974 in Mission, Kansas. He attended Shawnee Mission East High School, then went on to study at Princeton University where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in Politics in 1996. Wahl is married to wife, Celine.[7] He is an Eagle Scout.[8][9]


  1. The Beckham Experiment (2009, ISBN 0-307-40787-X)


  1. ^ Rutten, Tim (2009-07-15). "'The Beckham Experiment' by Grant Wahl". Retrieved 2010-06-23. 
  2. ^ "Grant Wahl - Writer Archive -". Retrieved 2010-06-23. 
  3. ^ "BEST SELLERS: NONFICTION: Sunday, August 2nd 2009". New York Times. 2009-08-02. Retrieved 2010-06-23. 
  4. ^ "USA Journalist Grant Wahl Running For FIFA President". Retrieved 2011-02-18. 
  5. ^ Andy Sully (2011-02-18). "US writer Grant Wahl seeks Fifa president Blatter's job". BBC Sport. Retrieved 2011-02-21. 
  6. ^ Grant Walh (2011-05-04). "My story: What happened when I decided to run for FIFA president". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved 2011-04-01. 
  7. ^ "Grant Wahl". Charlie Rose. 1999-07-12. Retrieved 2010-06-23. 
  8. ^ Wahl, Grant (May 30, 2008). "Jumping back in the saddle". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved 8 April 2012. 
  9. ^ Wahl, Grant. "Doubt MLS fined Clark much $, but 3-game ban sends a message. Still have issues over MLS deal w/anti-gay Boy Scouts (and I'm an Eagle Scout)". Retrieved 8 April 2012. 

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