Tom Farrey, an Emmy Award-winning journalist for ESPN and author of the book, Game On: The All-American Race to Make Champions of Our Children, leads the Aspen Institute Sports and Society program. Farrey’s work over the years has explored the connections between sport and the largest themes in society -- education, globalization, technology, race and ethics, among others.
As a journalist, his reports have appeared on ESPN’s Outside the Lines, SportsCenter and E:60, ABC’s World News Tonight andGood Morning America, and in the Seattle Times, Business Week and Washington Post. He is a contributing writer at ESPN The Magazine and ESPN.com, where in 1996 he was one of the website’s first editors.
Two of his stories have won television Emmy awards, and his written work has earned top national honors from organizations including the Women’s Sports Foundation and the Society of Professional Journalists.
His 2008 book, Game On, a deep exploration of the culture of modern youth sports, is a required text in courses at universities from Florida to Oregon. He was invited by the Aspen Institute to speak about the book at the 2010 Aspen Ideas Festival, and oversaw the launch of the Sports & Society Program in May 2011. He can be followed on Twitter at @TomFarrey.