William Nack's 45-year journalism career has taken him from the University of Illinois to the U.S. Army in Vietnam, and from the Newsday newspaper to Sports Illustrated, where he retired in 2001 after nearly 23 years in the trenches of big-time sports. Since then, he has done freelance writing for Sports Illustrated, Time, GQ, and ESPN TV where he has been involved in voice-over work for television broadcasts.
Recently, Nack has been having way too much fun for someone nearing his seventh decade on the planet. His classic study of the racehorse Secretariat was turned into a Disney movie in 2010, and he appeared in four screen credits: as the author of the book, as the film's consultant, as an actor who uttered one line in a cameo, and as the racing reporter played by actor Kevin Connolly. Driven by the film, his biography of the horse, entitled Secretariat, rose to number six on The New York Times bestseller list for nonfiction paperbacks.
When not writing for television, Nack is at work either massaging his golf game in the wilds of Maryland with fellow CWA panelist Jurek Martin, or researching a memoir/biography centering on his 51-year friendship with the late Roger Ebert which began when they were both writers/editors at the Daily Illini, the student paper at the University of Illinois.
This year will mark Nack's 14th CWA appearance since 1999, the year that Ebert first wrangled him a conference invitation to what he liked to call "the leisure of the theory class." Nack lives in Washington, D.C. with his wife Carolyne, an educator.