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David Epstein covers energy and environment issues as well as sports science. Prior to joining ProPublica, he was a senior writer at Sports Illustrated, where he co-authored the 2009 report that Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez had used steroids. His science writing has won a number of awards, including the 2010 Society of Professional Journalists prize for science reporting for a story on the genetics of athletic performance. (He is author of the New York Times bestseller, The Sports Gene). He was a 2011 Livingston Award finalist for stories on perceptual skills and pain in sports. Prior to SI, David was a crime reporter at the New York Daily News and a reporter at Inside Higher Ed. He has master’s degrees in environmental science and journalism from Columbia University, and has lived in the Sonoran desert, on a ship in the Pacific Ocean, and in the Arctic.

Articles

In a Rare Sanction, Top Track Coach Gets Eight-Year Suspension

An arbitration panel handed prominent track coach Jon Drummond a lengthy ban after deciding he transported prohibited substances and encouraged top sprinter Tyson Gay to use them.

Hyperspecialization Is Ruining Youth Sports—And the Kids Who Play Them

Research has found that kids who play a variety of sports before settling on one achieve higher levels of success and suffer fewer serious injuries.

Tyson Gay’s Coach Says He Didn’t Give Sprinter Banned Substances

Jon Drummond, saying he is facing a lifetime ban, is suing Gay and the head of U.S. Anti-Doping Agency for defamation.

Weak Sanction for Sprinter Gay Signals Change in Anti-Doping Tactics

Anti-doping investigators say they would rather trade leniency for information on coaches and other athletes involved in doping

Cheat Sheet: The Tyson Gay File

The web of dubious connections, suspect medicine and outsize risks behind America’s top sprinter’s failed drug test and ruined reputation.

Do These Chemicals Make Me Look Fat?

Why are Americans – and animals – getting fatter? It isn’t just because of eating more and exercising less.

Chapter 2: Chronic Beryllium Disease and Hanford

At Hanford Nuclear Reservation, 4,000 new cleanup workers are landing good-paying jobs. But what they don’t know about beryllium dust -- and the government's lagging effort to keep them safe from it -- could kill them.

Chapter 4: Beryllium Whistleblowers at Hanford

At Hanford Nuclear Reservation, 4,000 new cleanup workers are landing good-paying jobs. But what they don’t know about beryllium dust -- and the government's lagging effort to keep them safe from it -- could kill them.

Stimulus Workers Confront Legacy of Contamination at Nuclear Sites (Single Page)

At Hanford Nuclear Reservation, 4,000 new cleanup workers are landing good-paying jobs. But what they don’t know about beryllium dust -- and the government's lagging effort to keep them safe from it -- could kill them.

Chapter 3: Apology to Beryllium Workers

At Hanford Nuclear Reservation, 4,000 new cleanup workers are landing good-paying jobs. But what they don’t know about beryllium dust -- and the government's lagging effort to keep them safe from it -- could kill them.

Stimulus Workers Confront Legacy of Contamination at Nuclear Sites

At Hanford Nuclear Reservation, 4,000 new cleanup workers are landing good-paying jobs. But what they don’t know about beryllium dust -- and the government's lagging effort to keep them safe from it -- could kill them.

Reheated ‘Pork’ and Trains From Spain

No-Bid Stimulus Contracts for Military

Tracking the Stimulus, Where It Counts

Slow as a Turtle Caught in a Crab Pot?

No Summer Vacation for Sec. of Education Arne Duncan

Critics say stimulus spending has been too slow, but money for schools is being put on a faster track.

Stimulus Magic: How the States Met Their Spending Deadline

The FEC’s Stifled Enforcement and the Immigration Courts’ Backlog

Tracking Stimulus Dollars: Transit Vs. Maintenance

How Fast Can Greenbacks Go Green?

A look at jobs, energy and other objectives of the government's stimulus program.
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