Alan Abrahamson is an award-winning sportswriter, best-selling author and in-demand television analyst. In 2010 he launched his own website, 3 Wire Sports, described in James Patterson and Mark Sullivan’s 2012 best-selling novel Private Games as “the world’s best source of information about the [Olympic] Games and the culture that surrounds them.”
From 2006 until 2010 Alan was a columnist at NBC’s online destinations: NBCOlympics.com, NBCSports.com and UniversalSports.com. For the 17 years before that, he was a staff writer at the Los Angeles Times; he spent his first nine years at the newspaper covering news and the final eight sports, mostly the Olympic movement. The 2014 Sochi Games marked his eighth Olympics, Summer and Winter; he is a member of the International Olympic Committee’s press commission.
With Alan as lead columnist, NBCOlympics.com won a Sports Emmy for innovation at the 2008 Olympics. After the 2008 Games, Alan co-wrote Michael Phelps’ “No Limits: The Will to Succeed,” and after the 2010 Olympics, he co-wrote Apolo Ohno’s “Zero Regrets: Be Greater Than Yesterday.” Both books are New York Times best-sellers.
Among other honors, Alan is a winner of the 2000 Associated Press Sports Editors’ first-place award for enterprise reporting. He is the 2002 National Headliner Award winner for sports writing; the Los Angeles Press Club’s 2004 sports journalist of the year; and the winner of the 2014 Track and Field Writers of America Adam Jacobs Memorial Award for excellence in online journalism.
Three times in its first two years, 3 Wire Sports made the wordpress.com worldwide “Blogs of the Day” list (June 8, 2011; June 14, 2012; Aug. 24, 2012). Sports Illustrated included Alan on the list of “Fifty Twitter feeds you need to follow during the London Olympics.”
Alan is a lecturer in sports writing at the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School of Communication and Journalism; journalismdegree.org named him one of the nationwide “Top 50 Journalism Professors in 2012.” He was program director at the 2011 FISU-AIPS young journalists’ initiative at the Summer University Games in Shenzhen, China, and was one of six instructors — the only American — at the inaugural IOC “Young Reporters” program at the Youth Olympic Games in Singapore in 2010. He taught journalism and new media at the 2011 launch of the Russian International Olympic University. In 2014, he taught sportswriting as part of the first “Dream Together” master’s degree program at Seoul National University in South Korea.
In both 2012 and 2011, Alan served as master of ceremonies at the Global Sports Forum in Barcelona.
Alan is a 1980 graduate of Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism in Evanston, Ill., as well as a 1987 graduate of the University of California’s Hastings College of the Law in San Francisco; he is a member (inactive) of the State Bar of California.
He and his wife, Laura, and their three children live in Palos Verdes, California.Alan Abrahamson