Alan Abrahamson
Associate Professor of Professional Practice


Specialized Journalism


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Alan Abrahamson is an award-winning sportswriter, best-selling author and in-demand television analyst. He launched his own website, 3 Wire Sports (, in 2010. From 2006 until 2010 he was a columnist at NBC's online destinations:, and

For the 17 years before that, he was a staff writer at the Los Angeles Times; he spent his first nine years at the newspaper covering news and the final eight sports, mostly the Olympic movement. Since 2003, Alan has enjoyed a recurring role on television, in particular on NBC and its cable platforms. The Vancouver Games marked his sixth Olympics, Summer and Winter; he serves on the International Olympic Committee's press commission. With Alan as lead columnist at the 2008 Beijing Games, won the Sports Emmy for “outstanding new approaches [in] sports event coverage.” After the 2008 Games, Alan co-wrote Michael Phelps' "No Limits: The Will to Succeed," and after the 2010 Olympics he co-wrote Apolo Ohno's "Zero Regrets: Be Greater than Yesterday." Both books are New York Times best-sellers.

Among other honors, Alan won the 2002 National Headliner Award for sports writing; he was the Los Angeles Press Club's 2004 sports journalist of the year. Alan served as master of ceremonies at the 2011 Global Sports Forum in Barcelona, Spain. A 1980 graduate of Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism in Evanston, Ill., as well as a 1987 graduate of the University of California's Hastings College of the Law in San Francisco, Alan is a member (inactive) of the State Bar of California. Alan taught journalism and new media reporting as part of the IOC's "Young Reporters" initiative at the 2010 Youth Olympic Games in Singapore. Alan and his wife, Laura, and their three children live in Palos Verdes, California.