Kostya Kennedy is the editorial director of Time Inc. Books/Bookazines. He’s a former assistant managing editor and senior writer at Sports Illustrated, where he covered a range of subjects and oversaw Sports Illustrated Presents, all special issues for SI/SI.com. Along with covering baseball, he was the lead writer and editor of SI’s news section, Scorecard, and covered the NHL as SI/SI.com’s top columnist and editor. He has also been a staff writer at Newsday and written for The New York Times, FiveThirtyEight.com, The Huffington Post and The New Yorker. His television work includes appearing as a contributing analyst and commentator on the MLB Network and MSNBC, as well as appearances on Late Night with Seth Meyers, Morning Joe, Imus in the Morning and repeat appearances on The Charlie Rose Show. He does frequent radio work.
His fall 2016 book Lasting Impact: One Team, One Season. What Happens When Our Sons Play Football is his third. Along with his award-winning New York Times best seller, 56: Joe DiMaggio and the Last Magic Number in Sports, he is the author of the 2014 New York Times best seller Pete Rose: An American Dilemma. Both received the CASEY Award as Best Baseball Book of its respective year. He also edited Sports Illustrated’s best-selling The Hockey Book, Swimsuit: 50 Years of Beautiful and Super Bowl Gold: 50 Years of the Big Game.
He earned an M.S. from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism, from which he received a Pulitzer Fellowship. He has taught in the graduate program at Columbia and he’s an adjunct professor at NYU’s Tisch Institute of Sports Management, Media and Business.
Kennedy grew up on Long Island, where he lived in a house, which he wrote about for The New York Times in an article you can read here. He has written for Details, Attache, The Daily News and other places. Before Columbia, he graduated with honors as a philosophy major from Stony Brook University where he played exactly one game in the school’s rogue bloodsport, pit hockey. Kennedy also played bass guitar in the specialty rock cover band Rychyrd Prychyrd (the specialty: The band played songs by Kiss and Lynyrd Skynyrd). He lives with his wife and children in New York.
Here are some articles that ran in Sports Illustrated about his career:
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