Meet the Team Behind The Sunday Long Read.
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.” You can subscribe here.
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 founders:
Don Van Natta Jr.
For nearly 30 years, Don has worked as an investigative reporter, including his current position as a senior writer for ESPN and a contributor to ESPN’s “Outside the Lines.” He was also the host and co-executive producer of ESPN’s award-winning “Backstory”– all four episodes of the docuseries can be streamed on ESPN+. A member of three Pulitzer Prize-winning teams, Don is also the New York Times bestselling author of three books: First Off the Tee, Her Way and Wonder Girl.
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.
In 2000, he won the Distinguished Alumni Award from Boston University’s College of Communication. He is also a member of the Don Bosco Prep Hall of Fame
He lives in Miami with his wife, the award-winning journalist Lizette Alvarez, now a contributing opinion columnist for The Washington
Jacob is a business reporter at Sportico. He previously wrote for Sports Illustrated, where he primarily covered the intersection of sports, media, and the internet. He also covered the NFL and launched The MMQB’s daily newsletter, The Morning Huddle. Jacob’s writing has also appeared in Popular Science, 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 lives in Boston.