Frank Deford grew up in Baltimore and knew he had a talent for writing from an early age. After winning a national short story award in his early teens, he dreamed of being a playwright or novelist.
He attended Princeton University, where he became the chairman of the Daily Princetonian. During his senior year, he received an offer to move to New York to work for Sports Illustrated. He joined the magazine in 1962. Though he thought it would be a short stint, his time there spanned decades. Deford would forever be known for his sports writing.
He has written 16 books, two of which have been made into films. His most recent is Over Time: My Life as a Sports Writer, a book chronicling his illustrious career.
Deford is also known for his memoir Alex: The Life of a Child, which detailed his daughter’s battle with cystic fibrosis before passing away at 8-years-old. He soon became chairman of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, a position he would hold for 16 years.
Over the course of his career, Frank Deford won countless awards including being elected to the National Association of Sportscasters and Sportswriters Hall of Fame and winner of the Red Smith Award from APSE. He has received an Emmy and Peabody for his work in broadcast.
Deford is l a commentator on NPR’s Morning Edition on Wednesdays and is a correspondent on HBO’s RealSports with Bryant Gumbel.