William Nack's 45-year journalism career has taken him from the University of Illinois to the U.S. Army in Vietnam, and from Newsday newspaper to Sports Illustrated. He retired from there in 2001 after nearly 23 in the trenches of big-time sports. Since then, he has done freelance writing for Sports Illustrated, Time, GQ, and ESPN TV, where he also 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 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 Nack is not writing for television, he is at work either massaging his golf game in the wilds of Maryland with fellow CWA panelist Jurek Martin, or researching a book involving the Battle of Antietam in the Civil War — a violent 12-hour struggle that lasted from dawn on Sept. 17, 1862 to dusk. Some historians have called it the single most important day in American history.
Nack also enjoys chasing herds of deer with his wife, Carolyne, from their garden in Washington, D.C. This will mark Nack's 13th year as a CWA panelist.