He has written hundreds of newspaper columns that have appeared in the Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, St. Petersburg Times, Miami Herald, Christian Science Monitor, Philadelphia Inquirer, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, and Sports Illustrated.
He is the author of five books. His most recent, The Sound and Fury of Sarah Palin (FrontLine Press) was published in December 2011. His other books include Blackout: The Untold Story of Jackie Robinson's First Spring Training; Drawn to Extremes: The Use and Abuse of Editorial Cartoons; Wry Harvest: An Anthology of Midwest Humor; and I'll Be Sober in the Morning: Great Comebacks, Putdowns and Ripostes. His sixth book, Conspiracy of Silence: Sportswriters and the Long Campaign to Desegregate Baseball, will be published in April 2012.
He is an influential scholar in such fields as political humor and satire, editorial cartooning, and the media, race, and sports. He has appeared on The NBC Nightly News With Brian Williams, MSNBC, National Public Radio (NPR), Public Broadcasting System (PBS), the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) and The Sporting News radio network and has been interviewed by such newspapers, magazines and wire services as The Associated Press, Reuters, The National Journal, The Washington Journalism Review, Editor and Publisher, Los Angeles Times, Boston Globe, and Christian Science Monitor.
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