The goal of The Sunday Long Read newsletter is simple: To put the past week’s best journalism in your hands every Sunday morning—or, as a friend said, “to screw up my Sundays with far too much great stuff to read.”
Obviously, compiling these lists is a wildly subjective exercise. How do we choose what’s “best?” If we finish a long-read article and immediately want to recommend it to a friend, you’ll find it linked here. These stories brought us pleasure, made us laugh and think and, most of all, told us something we didn’t know. No “hot takes” here.
At this point you’re wondering – who are “we”? Well, these are our editors:
Don Van Natta Jr.
For 25 years, Don has worked as an investigative reporter, including his current position as senior writer for ESPN The Magazine and a contributor to ESPN’s “Outside the Lines.” He is also the host and co-executive producer of “Backstory,” a docuseries that will debut in 2019 on ESPN. Don has been the member of three Pulitzer Prize-winning reporting teams and is also a New York Times bestselling author. Before joining ESPN in 2012, he worked for 16 years at The New York Times, where he was based in Washington, London, Miami and New York, and he began his career at The Miami Herald. His longform writing for ESPN was anthologized four times in The Best American Sports Writing and once in The Best American Magazine Writing. In 2016, Don was honored by the Society of Professional Journalists as a Fellow of the Society.
Jacob is a staff writer at Sports Illustrated, where he primarily covers the intersection of sports, media, and the internet. Previously he covered the NFL and launched The MMQB’s daily newsletter, The Morning Huddle. Before joining SI, Jacob wrote for The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, The Miami Herald, and The Charlotte Observer. He is a graduate of Harvard University, where he won 1st and 2nd place Sports Story of the Year prizes from the Associated Collegiate Press while also earning recognition in the categories of in-depth news reporting and multimedia journalism. He was the recipient of the school’s 2015 Thomas Wood Award for journalism. A North Carolina Native, Jacob currently resides in New York.