Growing up in Mattoon, Illinois, where he was born on October 10, 1975, Will Leitch sought a connection to the world outside of his small town.
What he found was a St. Louis Cardinals team featuring Ozzie Smith and a high-flying University of Illinois basketball team whose games were always broadcast on the local CBS affiliate.
Leitch covered the Fighting Illini as a writer at the Daily Illini, the University of Illinois’ student newspaper. But he didn’t join the Daily Illini to cover sports. Leitch wanted to write for the Illini in the capacity his idol, Roger Ebert, had before him.
Where Ebert helped pioneer movie criticism, Leitch has been at the forefront of the new media revolution in sports. In 2005, Leitch created Deadspin, the irreverent and wildly popular sports blog that lead the wave of sports blog popularity early in the mid-2000s.
After three years of running Deadspin, Leitch left the site to write for New York Magazine, where he is still a contributing editor. He still writes movie reviews for Deadspin, along with Tim Grierson.
In addition to New York Magazine and Deadspin, Leitch is a senior writer at Sports on Earth, where he also hosts The Will Leitch Experience Podcast. This year, Leitch has also started writing about politics for Bloomberg Politics. Leitch has also written for The New York Times, GQ, Esquire, The Atlantic, Bloomberg Businessweek, Parade, Glamour, Fast Company and The Nation.
Leitch also appears on Fox Sports One and MLB Network programming.
Leitch has written four books: "Are We Winning: Fathers and Sons in the New Golden Age of Baseball,” "God Save the Fan,” "Catch” and "Life as a Loser.”
Leitch currently lives in Athens, Georgia, with his wife and son.