He's a reporter. Also, he's 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. For a time he lived in Chicago and wrote for the Chicago Reader; now he freelances and lives in Brooklyn. He has been a staff reporter at Dow Jones and TheStreet.com, where, in 2011, he received two "Best in Business" awards from the Society of American Business Editors and Writers (one each for investigative reporting and feature writing). His work has also appeared in, among other places, ESPN The Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, the Tampa Bay (nee St. Petersburg) Times, and The Believer, which selected one of his essays to appear in its first best-of collection, Read Hard (McSweeney's, 2009).