Jason Gay was born and raised in Belmont, Massachusetts, a town just outside of Boston. He went to the University of Wisconsin-Madison, but didn’t study journalism nor did he take part a college newspaper.
After he graduated, he worked in a restaurant before getting hired in newspaper advertisement sales. His first journalism job came for the Vineyard Gazette on Martha’s Vineyard Island, Massachusetts. Gay covered little league baseball for his first assignment, then settled into news coverage.
After the Gazette, he moved on to the Boston Phoenix where he started to write more long form, feature stories. Following the Boston Phoenix, Gay moved on to The New York Observer, followed by GQ.
Gay finally ended up at the Wall Street Journal, where he writes today. Gay has covered many sports events such as the Olympics and the Super Bowl for the Wall Street Journal to go along with his role as sports columnist.
Finally, Gay was a contributor on the short-live Fox Sports 1 television show “Crowd Goes Wild,” and he wrote a book titled “Little Victories: A Sportswriter’s Notes on Winning Life,” which was published in 2015.
Gay resides in Brooklyn with his family.