Jeff MacGregor is currently a Writer-at-Large for ESPN. He has written for Sports Illustrated, The New York Times, The New Yorker, Play, Men's Journal, Details and Los Angeles magazine among others. His fiction has been published in Story, Esquire and The Land-Grant College Review. His work has been widely anthologized, and appears in Sports Illustrated's “50 Years of Great Writing” and Sports Illustrated: The Anniversary Book. His work is often collected in the Best American Sports Writing series.
He is the author of the sports classic, Sunday Money.
MacGregor was born in Evanston, Illinois, and grew up all over the place. An only child, his earliest ideas about America were formulated from the window of a moving car. America is a colorful blur to him; and a cooler full of his mother's egg-salad sandwiches.
His patchwork education includes undergraduate and graduate programs at the University of Minnesota, the Ohio State University and Yale University. He is two credits away, generally in dance, or the history of theater, from every degree he ever sought. Thus, he holds no advanced degrees, but has a high school diploma packed away somewhere. He has taught both fiction and non-fiction writing at Yale University. Go figure.
He has lived and worked everywhere from Block Island to Los Angeles, and has done many things, a few of which he now chooses to keep to himself. He has been earning his living as a writer for a very long time. New York City is his home.
Praise for Sunday Money
“A colorful year on the road chasing NASCAR and sharing track-space with its ardent fans, from fine, clever-boots sportswriter MacGregor… After this piece of good old journalism’s blister of words, the season is suddenly over, and the reader wishing it weren’t.” – Kirkus
“Essential… Wry, witty, and clear-eyed, Mr. MacGregor recounts enough lore, and explodes enough myths, to keep racing followers in thrall. But his engaging book is also a primer for those who aren’t among the 75 million who worship at the First Church of Nascar.” – James G. Cobb, The New York Times