Sports writer Tom Verducci was born in East Orange, New Jersey. He received a B. A. in journalism from Penn State University in 1982. He was a sports reporter for Florida Today in Cocoa, Florida for one year. Then he spent 10 years as a sports reporter for Newsday, where he was its national baseball columnist from 1990-1993. He started working at Sports Illustrated in 1993 and also, writes for its online magazine si.com. Currently he is a senior baseball writer for Sports illustrated. He is also a game and studio analyst for FOX Sports and MLB Network for which he has won two Emmy awards. He was named National Sportswriter of the Year in 2014 and 2015. He is the co-writer of The Yankee Years with Joe Torre and the author of The Cubs Way: The Zen of Building the Best Team in Baseball and Breaking the Curse. <p> (Bowker Author Biography)