American sports journalist. Posnanski grew up in South Euclid, North Carolina, and attended the University of North Carolina in Charlotte, where he studied English. His journalism career began as a reporter for the
Charlotte Observer; he then moved on to the Cincinnati Post, the Augusta Chronicle, and the Kansas City Star, where he was twice named Sports Columnist of the Year. In 2009 he became a senior writer for Sports Illustrated. Since 2013 he has been the national columnist for NBC Sports. Posnanski's passionate writing about sports of every kind is steeped in a deep knowledge of sports lore and minutiae. His four books include The Soul of Baseball: A Road Trip through Buck O'Neil's America (2007), Paterno (2012), and most recently The Secret of Golf: The Story of Tom Watson and Jack Nicklaus (2015). Posnanski's award-winning blog is called Joe Blog. See also joeposnanski.com.