John Feinstein

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John Feinstein
John feinstein 2010.JPG
reading at the 2014 Gaithersburg Book Festival
Born (1956-07-28) July 28, 1956 (age 60)
New York City
Nationality American
Genre Sportswriter, columnist, author, broadcaster, sports commentator

John Feinstein (born July 28, 1956) is an American sportswriter, author and sports commentator.

Early life[edit]

Feinstein was born in New York City, July 28, 1956.[citation needed] His father was heavily involved in the arts having been the General Manager of the Washington National Opera from 1980 to 1995 and was also the first Executive Director of the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C.[1]



His book A Season on the Brink chronicles a year in the life of the Indiana University basketball team and its coach, Bob Knight. In 1995, he authored a best seller, A Good Walk Spoiled, about a year on the PGA Tour as told through the stories of 17 players.

Feinstein has also written a sports-mystery series for young adults in which main characters Stevie Thomas and Susan Carol Anderson are reporting on major sporting events including the Final Four, US Open (tennis), Super Bowl, World Series, the Army-Navy Game, and the Summer Olympics. He currently has 36 books written.


A Season on the Brink was adapted to film with an ESPN production of the same title. It starred Brian Dennehy in the role of Bob Knight. During its original airing on ESPN on March 10, 2002, the film was presented uncensored for profanity, while a censored version was simulcast on ESPN2. It released to DVD later in 2002.

Feinstein's book Caddy for Life: The Bruce Edwards Story was released in 2004. It is about the life and final days of Tom Watson's caddy, Bruce Edwards, who was diagnosed with ALS (also known as Lou Gehrig's Disease.) Feinstein and long-time friend Terry Hanson engaged the William Morris Agency and commissioned a screenplay in conjunction with Matt Damon's and Ben Affleck's production company, Live Planet. In 2010, Caddy for Life was produced in documentary format for the Golf Channel.[2]

Newspaper and other media work[edit]

Broadcast media:

On March 8, 2012, Feinstein joined SiriusXM's Mad Dog Radio channel, teaming up with Bruce Murray for the sports talk show, Beyond the Brink, which aired between 10:00 am – 2:00 pm ET.[3] However, Feinstein soon left the show by the fall of 2012, as he was offered a slot of his own show on the brand new CBS Sports Radio between 9 AM to 12 noon ET. CBS Sports Radio began 24/7 all sports talk on January 2, 2013.[4] On November 14, 2014 during an interview on a Washington, D.C. radio program he announced that he had been fired by CBS from his daily radio show.

He has also been a regular on-air commentator for a number of other television and radio shows, including:

Print media:

Online presence:


Susan Carol Anderson and Stevie Thomas Series

  • Last Shot: A Final Four Mystery: A fictional children's book about two children trying to solve a mystery at the Final Four. Winner of the 2006 Edgar Award in the Best Young Adult category. Stevie and Susan Carol get caught up in a blackmail threat to Chip Graber, Minnesota State's best player, to throw the National Championship.
  • Vanishing Act: The second book in the Last Shot series sees Stevie Thomas and Susan Carol Anderson try to solve a kidnapping and numerous crimes at the U.S. Open tennis tournament.
  • Cover Up: Mystery at the Super Bowl: In the next book in the Last Shot series, Stevie and Susan Carol discover that several players who are set to play in the upcoming Super Bowl have failed doping tests, and their team's owner is trying to cover up the failed tests. ISBN 0-375-84247-0
  • Change-Up: Mystery at the World Series: The fourth sequel to the Last Shot series, involving a mystery at the World Series. ISBN 0-375-85636-6
  • The Rivalry: Mystery at the Army-Navy Game: Stevie and Susan Carol are back in the next sequel to Last Shot, this time preparing for the yearly Army-Navy traditional football game when something goes terribly wrong. ISBN 0-375-86570-5
  • Rush For The Gold: Mystery at the Olympics: Stevie and Susan Carol are back, but this time its only Stevie doing the reporting. Susan Carol is swimming for the USA Olympic team. How far will someone go to ensure she wins the gold?



  1. ^ Saxon, Wolfgang (7 February 2006). "Martin Feinstein, 84, Dies; Led the National Opera". The New York Times. Retrieved 3 May 2017. 
  2. ^ Feinstein on the Brink, Feinstein on the Brink: Positive feelings about Golf Channel documentary 'Caddy For Life'; book to movie process 2010-6-15
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on November 10, 2013. Retrieved 2012-07-26. 
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on January 25, 2013. Retrieved 2013-01-25. 
  5. ^ a b "John Feinstein – Authors – Random House". Retrieved 2010-10-28. 
  6. ^ "Going 'One On One' With Sports' Greatest Stars", Fresh Air interview with Feinstein on NPR (transcript), December 1, 2011. Audio download. Retrieved 2011-12-01.
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