Sally Jenkins

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Sally Jenkins (born October 22, 1960) is an American sports columnist and feature writer for The Washington Post. She was previously a senior writer for Sports Illustrated.

Early life and education[edit]

Jenkins was born in Fort Worth, Texas,[1] She is the daughter of Hall of Fame sportswriter Dan Jenkins, who also once wrote for Sports Illustrated, [2]and is a graduate of Stanford University with a degree in English literature.


Jenkins is the author of twelve books, four of which were New York Times bestsellers, including the number 1 bestseller Sum It Up: 1098 Victories, A Couple of Irrelevant Losses and A Life In Perspective, written with legendary basketball coach Pat Summitt, and It's Not About the Bike written with bicycle racer Lance Armstrong.

Her work has been featured in Smithsonian Magazine, GQ and Sports Illustrated, and she has been a correspondent on CNBC as well as on NPR's All Things Considered.

Joe Paterno interview and column[edit]

In January 2012, Jenkins secured an interview with Pennsylvania State University (Penn State) football coach Joe Paterno shortly before his death. During the interview, she asked his views on the Jerry Sandusky sexual molestation allegations.[3] In Jenkins's Washington Post column following the interview, she wrote: "Joe Paterno was a liar, there's no doubt about that now ...Paterno fell prey to the single most corrosive sin in sports: the belief that winning on the field makes you better and more important than other people."

Lance Armstrong[edit]

Jenkins wrote two best-selling autobiographies of cyclist Lance Armstrong and defended Armstrong even after he admitted to doping and taking banned performance-enhancing substances while vehemently lying that he had done so, and was stripped of his seven Tour de France titles.[4] In a column titled, "Why I’m not angry at Lance Armstrong", Jenkins wrote: "And I’m confused as to why using cortisone as an anti-inflammatory in a 2,000-mile race is cheating, and I wonder why putting your own blood back into your body is the crime of the century."[5]

Personal life[edit]

Jenkins resides in New York.[citation needed]


In 2005 Jenkins became the first woman inducted into the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Hall of Fame. It's Not About the Bike: My Journey Back to Life won the William Hill Sports Book of the Year award in 2000.[6] It was also number one on the New York Times Best Seller list.[7] This book was also awarded the Christopher Award for Adult Books in 2001.[8] It also appeared in the Texas Tayshas Reading List from 2001 to 2002.[9] In 2001, 2003, 2010 and 2011 she won the Associated Press’s Columnist of the Year Award, and in 2001 and 2011 she was named Sports Columnist of the Year by the Society of Professional Journalists.



  1. ^ Biography. National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association. Retrieved 2013-05-15.
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  3. ^ "Joe Paterno’s last interview". The Washington Post. January 13, 2012. Archived from the original on January 23, 2012. 
  4. ^ Macur, Juliet (22 October 2012). "Lance Armstrong Is Stripped of His 7 Tour de France Titles". The New York Times. Retrieved 17 December 2012. 
  5. ^ Sally Jenkins (December 17, 2012). "Why I’m not angry at Lance Armstrong". Washington Post. 1996-2012 The Washington Post. Retrieved 17 December 2012. 
  6. ^ "William Hill Spots Book of the Year winners". 
  7. ^ "BEST SELLERS: September 16, 2001". New York Times. September 16, 2001. Retrieved 2007-11-07. 
  8. ^ "The 2001 Christopher Award Winners". 
  9. ^ "Books:It's Not About the Bike: My Journey Back to Life by Lance Armstrong". Barnes & Noble. Retrieved 2007-03-07. 

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