He's a reporter. Also, he's a contributing writer for ESPN The Magazine and the author of Touchdown Jesus (Simon & Schuster, 2005), a book of nonfiction that explores the peculiar enthusiasms and meticulous devotions of Notre Dame football fans. His story "No One Walks Off the Island" was a finalist for a 2015 National Magazine Award in reporting. In 2011, two of his pieces received "Best in Business" awards from the Society of American Business Editors and Writers (one each for investigative reporting and feature writing). For a time he lived in Chicago and wrote for the Chicago Reader; now he freelances and lives in New York City. In addition to ESPN and many other places, his work has appeared in Bloomberg, Popular Mechanics, The Wall Street Journal and The Believer magazine, which selected one of his essays to appear in its first best-of collection, Read Hard (McSweeney's, 2009).