Chris Ballard is a senior writer at Sports Illustrated, where he specializes in narrative long-form stories. He is one of five 2012 finalists for a National Magazine Award in profile writing, is a past recipient of a National Headliner Award, and was the 2011 winner of The Joanie Award . He has also written for the New York Times Magazine and the Los Angeles Times, among other publications, and his work has twice been anthologized in the Best American Sports Writing series. Chris is the author of The Art of a Beautiful Game, The Butterfly Hunter, and Hoops Nation. He lives in Berkeley with his wife, Alexandra, and two daughters, Callie and Eliza.
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