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William F. "Will" Leitch (born October 10, 1975 in Mattoon, Illinois) is a writer and the founding editor of the Gawker Media sports blog Deadspin. Leitch is a senior editor at Sports on Earth, a contributing editor at New York, critic at The New Republic, culture writer for Bloomberg Politics, contributor to The New York Times, GQ, Fast Company and Slate; and has published four books, Catch, a novel, Life as a Loser, a memoir, God Save The Fan, a book of sports essays, and Are We Winning?, a book about fatherhood and baseball.
Leitch was born and grew up in Mattoon, Illinois, which is also the setting of Catch. He attended the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. While there, he was an editor at the University's paper, the Daily Illini. He now lives in Athens, Georgia.
One of Leitch's first glances with fame came when he appeared on one of the early episodes of Win Ben Stein's Money. In an excerpt from Life as a Loser, published on Blacktable.com, Leitch describes the experience of taping this episode within hours of being dumped by his fiancée (a fact that co-host Jimmy Kimmel included in Leitch's introduction).
Life as a Loser appeared on Ironminds, an online magazine that existed from 1999-2002.
The Black Table
In January 2003, Leitch became a founding editor of the website The Black Table, with Eric Gillin, A.J. Daulerio and Aileen Gallagher. His Life As A Loser column ran online for five years and was ultimately compiled into a book of the same title, with a foreword written by Tom Perrotta.
In September 2005, Leitch became the founding editor of Deadspin. Deadspin quickly became one of the most popular independent sports blogs on the web,[not in citation given] and has been profiled in Sports Illustrated and The New York Times. Leitch announced on June 5, 2008 that he would be leaving Deadspin at the end of the month to become a contributing editor at New York magazine.
During the 2007 NCAA Tournament, Leitch wrote a daily column for TimesSelect, the paid section of The New York Times. During the 2007 baseball playoffs, Leitch wrote a daily column for The New York Times' Web site.
Leitch was featured in the February 2008 issue of Penthouse magazine.
On May 4, 2010, Leitch released his fourth book, Are We Winning?. Leitch describes the book as being about baseball and fatherhood. It takes place during a game between the Chicago Cubs and St. Louis Cardinals. It is about how children communicate with their fathers through sports. It is about rivalries and fellowship, using baseball as a substitute for real life.
- Life As A Loser. Arriviste Press, Inc. 2004. ISBN 0-9746270-0-3.
- Catch. Razorbill. 2005. ISBN 978-1-59514-069-2.
- God Save The Fan. HarperCollins. 2008. ISBN 978-0-06-135178-5.
- Are We Winning?. Hyperion. 2010. ISBN 978-1-4013-2370-7.
- Life As A Loser, Ironminds.com, at Archive.org
- BallHype - Sports Blog Rankings
- "Video". CNN. December 19, 2005.
- "Video". CNN. March 27, 2006.
- "Video". CNN. February 25, 2008.
- Shattuck, Kathryn. The New York Times http://query.nytimes.com/search/query?query=will+leitch&srchst=nyt. Missing or empty
- "In the Paint and Off the Court at the N.C.A.A. Tournament". The New York Times.
- "A Fan Keeps Score". The New York Times.
- Are We Winning? on Amazon
- Are We Winning? Q&A on Deadspin