The recent PBS “Frontline” documentary and accompanying book League of Denial raised eyebrows in addressing the severity and prevalence of concussions among NFL players and how the league has addressed those issues. League of Denial posits that the NFL, over a period of nearly two decades, sought to cover up and deny mounting evidence of the connection between football and brain damage. The two journalists, Steve Fainaru and Mark Fainaru-Wada who broke the story will assess how dangerous the sport of football, at all levels, really is.
Steve Fainaru is Senior Writer of ESPN’s Investigative Unit, Co-producer of PBS’s "Frontline" Documentary “League of Denial” and Co-author, League of Denial: The NFL, Concussions and the Battle for Truth. Mr. Fainaru has over 25 years of experience as a reporter, covering a variety of topics from the Boston Red Sox to the Iraq war. He served 10 years at the Washington Post and received the Pulitzer Prize for international reporting in 2008 for his series on abuses involving private security contractors in Iraq. Prior to his most recent publication, Mr. Fainaru authored two books, The Duke of Havana: Baseball, Cuba and the Search for the American Dream and Big Boy Rules: America's Mercenaries Fighting in Iraq.
Mark Fainaru-Wada is an ESPN Investigative Reporter, Co-producer of PBS’s "Frontline" Documentary “League of Denial,” and Co-author, League of Denial: The NFL, Concussions and the Battle for Truth. Mr. Fainaru-Wada is based in San Francisco and contributes to all aspects of ESPN’s news and information programming, including SportsCenter, Outside the Lines and ESPNEWS, as well, as ESPN.com, ESPN Radio, and ESPN the Magazine. Mr. Fainaru-Wada’s notable work for ESPN includes breaking stories involving athletes’ use of steroids, sweatshop conditions in sport apparel factories, and the nation’s child obesity crisis. Previously, at the San Francisco Chronicle, Fainaru-Wada worked alongside Lance Williams on the BALCO steroids case which earned them numerous national honors, including the George Polk, Edgar A. Poe, Dick Schaap Excellence in Journalism and Associated Press Sports Editors awards. He also was a national sportswriter for Scripps Howard News Service, covering the Masters, Wimbledon and the Final Four. He previously worked at the National All-Sports Daily, the Los Angeles Daily News and the Knoxville (Tenn.) News-Sentinel. Fainaru-Wada is a graduate of Northwestern’s Medill School of Journalism.