Gary M. Pomerantz

Visiting Lecturer, Department of Communication at Stanford University

Gary M. Pomerantz

Gary M. Pomerantz

Visiting Lecturer, Department of Communication at Stanford University

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Gary M. Pomerantz is a nonfiction author and journalist, and has served the past seven years as a visiting lecturer in the Department of Communication at Stanford University. His fifth and newest nonfiction book, Their Life’s Work (Simon & Schuster), a narrative about the 1970s Pittsburgh Steelers dynasty that examines football’s gifts and costs, was named a finalist for the 2014 PEN/ESPN Award for Literary Sports Writing.

Pomerantz spent 17 years as a daily journalist, first as a sportswriter for The Washington Post where he covered Georgetown University basketball, the Washington Redskins, and the National Football League, and later at The Atlanta Journal-Constitution where he wrote about race, sports, culture and politics, and served for a time on the newspaper’s editorial board.

His books cover a wide array of topics. His first, Where Peachtree Meets Sweet Auburn, a multi-generational biography of Atlanta and its racial conscience, was named in 1996 a Notable Book of the Year by The New York Times. Nine Minutes, Twenty Seconds (2001), about an air crash, has been published in Britain, Germany and China, and was termed by The London Evening Standard “a flawlessly constructed narrative . . . a masterpiece of non-fiction storytelling.”

In 2005 he followed with WILT, 1962, a story about race, celebrity and basketball star Wilt Chamberlain’s legendary 100-point game. The book returned him to his sportswriting roots, and was an Editors’ Choice selection by The New York Times Book Review. The Devil’s Tickets (2009) is a narrative from the Roaring Twenties about a sensational killing and murder trial in Kansas City and the contract bridge craze that swept America. National Public Radio hailed it as “deliciously detailed and splendidly written.”

A graduate of the University of California, Berkeley, with a bachelor’s degree in history, Pomerantz was named as a Journalism Fellow at the University of Michigan in 1987-88. Later he served from 1999-2001 as Distinguished Visiting Professor of Journalism at Emory University in Atlanta where he taught courses on news reporting and writing, and on the history of the American press. As a Visiting Lecturer at Stanford, he has taught Communication 177S/277S, Specialized Writing and Reporting: Sports Journalism, and Communication 104: Reporting, Writing and Understanding the News. In winter 2015, he will teach Communication 177S/277S.

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Lorry I. Lokey Visiting Professor of Professional Journalism, Graduate Program in Journalism at Stanford University

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Faculty Advisor at Peninsula Press SL

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Senior Vice President at Charles Schwab & Co., Inc.

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Senior Vice President at Charles Schwab & Co., Inc.

Schwab Charles & Co., Inc. engages in the provision of investment products and services to retirement and other benefit participants. It offers trading, banking, small business solutions, investment tools and research. The company was founded in 1971 and is headquartered in San Francisco, CA.

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University of California Berkeley National rankings: In a National Research Council analysis of 212 doctoral programs at American universities, 48 Berkeley programs place among the top 10 nationwide. Faculty awards and honors: There are 8 Nobel Laureates, 32 MacArthur Fellows, and 4 Pulitzer Prize winners among the current faculty. History of UC Berkeley: Historical highlights, arranged by topic, following the campus's development — from UC's founding in 1868 to a turn-of-the-century building boom, a research explosion in the 1930s, the Free Speech Movement of the '60s, and Berkeley's key role today in science and technology revolutions. Timeline of discoveries and contributions by UC Berkeley scholars. Traditions of Cal: Who was the Angel of Death? What's with the "Big C" up there in the hills — and why is it sometimes green? Who wears Oski's jolly bear head and size 54 yellow sweater? Tours and webcams: Check out what's happening on Sproul Plaza, the campus's true heart. See stunning live views of the Bay Area from the Lawrence Hall of Science's perch in the Berkeley hills. Chancellor and administration: Information on Chancellor Robert Birgeneau, Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost George W. Breslauer, and how the university is organized. Organizational charts are included. UC System overview and links: On the campuses, laboratories, and medical centers that comprise UC's public educational system, as well as UC's K-12 partnerships, economic impact, and agriculture and environmental resources.

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Stanford University, located between San Francisco and San Jose in the heart of California's Silicon Valley, is one of the world's leading teaching and research universities. Since its opening in 1891, Stanford has been dedicated to finding solutions to big challenges and to preparing students for leadership in a complex world.

Distinguished Visiting Professor of Journalism
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Emory University, recognized internationally for its outstanding liberal arts colleges, graduate and professional schools as well as one of the Southeast's leading health care systems, is located on a beautiful, leafy campus in Atlanta, Georgia's historic Druid Hills suburb. Emory maintains an uncommon balance for an institution of its standing: our scholars and experts generate more than $500 million in research funding annually, while also maintaining a traditional emphasis on teaching. The university is enriched by the legacy and energy of Atlanta, and by collaboration among its schools, centers and partners.

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2018

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Boys & Girls Clubs offers club programs and services and enhance the development of boys and girls by instilling a sense of competence, usefulness, belonging and influence. Boys & Girls Clubs of America offers school programs throughout the United States. The firm's programs include character and leadership, education and career, health & life skills, the arts, sports, fitness and recreation. Boys & Girls Clubs of America was founded in 1860.

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