There is one person in the media that can be classified as the pioneer of “concussion coverage”, his name is Alan Schwarz. Since roughly the mid-2000’s Schwarz has been on the beat of national stories involving concussions. He was recently nominated for a Pulitzer for his work in the area and now he has moved on. According to Irv Muchnick, Schwarz’s title has changed to “national education reporter.”
I echo the sentiments of Muchnick; Schwarz opened up the national dialogue on concussions, he is one of the main reasons people have begun to pay attention. Just think without him and the New York Times we may have never heard about Chris Nowinski, Bennet Omalu, the Boston University Brain Bank, etc. No matter where anyone stands on the current protocols/research/assessment for concussions, A LOT of this discussion should be attributed to Alan Schwarz.
To be honest it was a huge “bucket list” goal that I was quoted in a Schwarz article Continue reading