Sports journalist, author and Stanford lecturer Gary M. Pomerantz discusses new book about 1970s Pittsburgh Steelers

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Gary M. Pomerantz

Gary M. Pomerantz

From covering college basketball and the National Football League with The Washington Post to coaching youth teams for nearly two decades, Gary M. Pomerantz (@garympomerantz) has long sported an affinity for athletics.

Pomerantz graduated from U.C. Berkeley with a bachelor’s degree in history before embarking on a 17-year journey as a daily journalist, first at The Washington Post and later at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

The American Journalism Review has recognized Pomerantz “among a class of reporters who combine the tenacity of investigative reporting with the deft touch of feature writers.” He has amassed a number of accolades including the Ernie Pyle Award, the nation’s top honor for human interest writing.

Their Life’s Work, Pomerantz’ fifth and newest book, explores the Pittsburgh Steelers’ dynasty in the 1970s. He met the players of that formidable team while covering an assignment as a 20-year-old sportswriting intern. Over the past few years, Pomerantz conducted more than 200 interviews in an effort to examine the game’s lasting effects on those players’ lives across the decades.

“In the early Eighties I saw players who were physical marvels breaking down on the field with horrible injuries, and carted off,” Pomerantz said. “I wondered at the time, ‘What will life be like for these guys when they are sixty?’”

His other books cover a broad spectrum of topics from Wilt Chamberlain’s 100-point game to a multi-generational account of Atlanta and its racial conscience.


Pomerantz has appeared on many television and radio programs ranging from ESPN’s “Outside the Lines” to National Public Radio’s “Morning Edition,” “All Things Considered” and “Talk of the Nation.”

He was named as a Journalism Fellow at the University of Michigan in 1987-1988 and later served as Distinguished Visiting Professor of Journalism at Emory University in Atlanta from 1999-2001.

For the past seven years, Pomerantz has served as a Visiting Lecturer at Stanford. He teaches the Sports Journalism class.

When not covering or coaching sports, Pomerantz enjoys playing them. He spent seven years as an infielder on the Mooseheads, three-time Over-40 softball champions of Corte Madera, Calif.

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Google’s Stacie Chan ‘10 and Oliver Chiang ‘09 discuss life after the Stanford Graduate Program in Journalism

Stacie Chan

Stacie Chan

On a recent Friday afternoon, workers at Google’s main campus make their way past cupcake statues – named after the Android operating system – infinity pools, a volleyball court and a dinosaur skeleton to one of the campus’ many eateries. After scanning their badges, a world of edible opportunity awaits them from all corners of the globe. Over the speaker system, employees are serenaded by the latest hits – a way for the company to encourage positive attitudes and increased production. Today, it’s Rebecca Black’s “Friday.”

Stacie Chan ‘10 is a Partner Operations Manager for Google News. Chan credits her background in journalism as the reason she got hired in this position almost three months ago. “It’s “very much a departure from reporting,” she says. Her responsibilities include “anything you can think of that’s not coding” including serving as a community manager coordinating publisher concerns and satisfaction. Working with an operations team of only five people, she says has been learning much about back-end technologies in her new position.

Originally from outside of Los Angeles, she completed both her undergraduate degree and Master’s at Stanford. Straight out of graduate school, she was hired as a local editor for landing in Redwood City. Redwood City Patch won the San Francisco Peninsula Press Club’s Award for Best Online News site in 2011 as a result of her work. After serving as a local editor for two years, she was moved to regional editor overseeing 19 sites in San Mateo and Santa Clara counties. Fun fact: In 2001, Stacie was nominated for an Emmy Award for “Outstanding Performance in a Voiceover Lead” for her character on Jackie Chan Adventures.

Oliver Chiang

Oliver Chiang

Oliver Chiang ‘09 serves as Program Manager for Google Play Store overseeing the customer experience. He works on user education and assistance, improving customer help, support and analytics. Now in a non-journalism role, he credits the Stanford journalism program for providing him with transferrable communication skills that opened a new world of employment opportunities.

Born in Miami, Chiang completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Pennsylvania in Digital Media Design and Communication. After graduating, he moved to Hong Kong where he worked as an editor and researcher at an airline magazine company and corporate law magazine. He also worked as a freelance web front-end developer.

While at Stanford, Chiang interned with technology website He also held internships at GamesRadar and Forbes, where he eventually became a full-time reporter covering social media, video games and startups. At Forbes, he also “traded jokes with T-Pain, stalked Mark Zuckerberg and was retweeted by Justin Bieber.” Chiang credits Stanford for teaching him how to “hustle” which he says he now does every day at Google.

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