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Don Yaeger


Don Yaeger

Don Yaeger is an American sports journalist and author of several New York Times bestsellers. He graduated in 1984 from Ball State University with a BS in Journalism and History. He then began his career in San Antonio, Texas reporting for the San Antonio Light and writing investigative features for the daily. He later relocated to Dallas, Texas and reported for the Dallas Morning News. Following his time in Dallas, Yaeger became the political editor of the Florida Times-Union from 1986-1990. Throughout his early career, he covered a broad range of topics, some even taking him on the campaign trail of the 1988 Presidential election and to Afghanistan alongside the Mujahadeen for a seven-week period.

In July 1996, Yaeger joined the Sports Illustrated staff as a full-time writer and was promoted to Associate Editor of the magazine just two years later. He then worked to cover not only sporting events on the field, but also any happenings off of the field that would affect the industry as a whole. During his time at Sports Illustrated, he covered many of the magazine’s groundbreaking stories such as the first national investigation of the use of steroids in baseball and the horrific efforts of Saddam Hussein’s son in shaping the Iraqi Olympic Committee. Yaeger also gained national recognition in an article he co-authored with William Nack entitled "Who’s Coaching Your Kid?: The Frightening Truth About Child Molestation in Youth Sports." The popularity of the article landed Yaeger and Nack as finalists for a National Magazine Award in 2000.

Don Yaeger retired from his full-time position at Sports Illustrated in 2008, but continues to freelance for the magazine. 

Books by Don Yaeger

by Brian Kilmeade and Don Yaeger - History, Nonfiction

When Thomas Jefferson became president in 1801, America faced a crisis. The new nation was deeply in debt and needed its economy to grow quickly, but its merchant ships were under attack. Pirates from North Africa’s Barbary coast routinely captured American sailors and held them as slaves, demanding ransom and tribute payments. So President Jefferson decided to move beyond diplomacy. He sent the U.S. Navy’s new warships and a detachment of marines to blockade Tripoli --- launching the Barbary Wars and beginning America’s journey toward future superpower status.

by Brian Kilmeade and Don Yaeger - History, Nonfiction

When General George Washington beat a hasty retreat from New York City in August 1776, many thought the American Revolution might soon be over. Instead, Washington rallied --- thanks in large part to a little-known, top-secret group called the Culper Spy Ring. Drawing on extensive research, Brian Kilmeade and Don Yaeger have painted compelling portraits of Washington’s secret six.

by John Smoltz and Don Yaeger - Memoir, Nonfiction

From starting pitcher to closer, and miraculously back to the starting rotation, John Smoltz shares the story of his twenty-two year career in professional baseball, including his struggles and triumphs over the kind of “career-ending” injuries that have sidelined many other players.