Author Profile

Ken Armstrong

Ken Armstrong Ken Armstrong is a Pulitzer Prize winning journalist, and the author of Scoreboard, Baby, a book he coauthored with Nick Perry. Scoreboard details the University of Washington's march to the 2001 Rose bowl, and exposes the rot beneath a celebrated season - and the ruins left behind, showing how a community's blind embrace of a football team compromised judges, prosecutors, police agencies, a proud university, and the media. Ken Armstrong is also the author of The Other Side of Mercy: A Killer's Journey Across the American Divide.

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Reviews of Scoreboard, Baby: A Story of College Football, Crime, and Complicity

The most harrowing book I have ever read about college sports.
-- Buzz Bissinger, author of Friday Night Lights

What the investigative reporter Ken Armstrong and the higher-education correspondent Nick Perry have done, first in an award-winning Seattle Times series and now in Scoreboard, Baby, is lay out -- in hard-boiled style and with the verve only real storytelling can supply -- exactly whose lives were mangled in the course of the University of Washington's historic 2000 season. Their idiosyncratic characters and plots ultimately indict a vast, impersonal system that has produced dozens of such teams. The Huskies didn't break new ground here, but in so comprehensively detailing them, the authors did.
-- Marc Tracy, New York Times Sunday book Review

Riveting... this story carries importance and relevance to fans far beyond Seattle. Investigative journalism at its most revealing.
-- Alan Moores, Booklist

Videos featuring Ken Armstrong

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