Juliet Macur writes a “Sports of the Times” column for The New York Times. Over her 17-year journalism career she has covered nearly everything in sports from NASCAR racing to Olympic sports and everything in between. Macur is the author of “Cycle of Lies” which chronicles infamous cyclist Lance Armstrong’s ultimate demise due to blood doping.
Macur is the daughter of Polish immigrants who came to the United States after World War II where they had survived Nazi forced labor camps. Macur grew up in Bridgewater, New Jersey and was an active athlete competing as a runner and basketball player. She was captain of the rowing team for Columbia University in college and graduated with a degree in history and political science.
After spending a few years as a competitive rower following college, Macur returned to Columbia for a master’s degree in journalism and was hired by the Orlando Sentinel to cover NASCAR and the Jacksonville Jaguars. She joined The Times in 2004.
Macur is a decorated journalist receiving awards from the Associated Press Sports Editors, National Press Club and the Society of Professional Journalists. In 2009, the National Press Club awarded Macur the Ann Cottrell Free Animal Reporting award for her coverage of the traumatized pit bulls from then Atlanta Falcons quarterback Mike Vick’s dog fighting ring.
Other notable pieces by Macur include “In Two Arenas” which examined the effect the war in Iraq had on athletes and “Countdown to Beijing” an inside look at how China readied itself for the 2008 Olympic games.
Macur currently lives in Washington, D.C. with her husband, daughter and English Labrador.