Conversation with SI's Verducci set for Jan. 25

University Park, Pa. — An award-winning Sports Illustrated senior writer and MLB Network analyst will be the featured guest when the John Curley Center for Sports Journalism presents "A Conversation with Tom Verducci" at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 25, in the HUB-Robeson Center Auditorium.

The session is free and open to the public.

Verducci, a Penn State alumnus who earned his journalism degree in 1982, joined Sports Illustrated in 1993. Before that, he worked for Florida Today and then Newsday, which he joined in 1983 as a reporter. He worked at that paper for a decade, eventually serving as a columnist, before moving to Sports Illustrated.

Verducci's work has been featured in "Best American Sports Writing" several times and he has authored or co-authored several books, most recently "The Yankee Years" (2009, Doubleday) with former New York Yankees manager Joe Torre.

Verducci's reporting and writing have ranged from fundamentally important to simply fun during his career at Sports Illustrated. For example, he revealed the widespread use of steroids and other performance-enhancing drugs in Major League Baseball ("Totally Juiced," June 2002) and chronicled his five days as a member of the Toronto Blue Jays in spring training ("I Was a Toronto Blue Jay," 2005).

He ranks as one of the most respected baseball writers in the country, and his experiences on TV and online (with si.com) have enhanced his reputation and skill set. For MLB Network, he appears on shows such as "Hot Stove" and "MLB Tonight."

Previous visitors for the Curley Center's Conversation Series have included: Michael Aresco, executive vice president of CBS Sports; Bob Costas of NBC Sports; author John Feinstein; and Chris Fowler of ESPN.

The John Curley Center for Sports Journalism, which was established in 2003, explores issues and trends in sports journalism through instruction, outreach, programming and research. The Center's undergraduate curricular emphasis includes courses in sports writing, sports broadcasting, sports information, sports, media and society, and sports and public policy, which is cross-listed with the Penn State Dickinson School of Law.

Verducci lives in Belle Mead, N.J., with his wife and their two teenage sons. He also serves on the advisory board to the Curley Center.

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Last Updated April 10, 2012