Joan Ryan is an award-winning journalist, author, and pioneer in sports journalism as one of the first female sports columnists in the country. She has covered every major sporting event including the Super Bowl, World Series, Olympics, and championship fights.
Her sports columns and features earned 13 Associated Press Sports Editors Awards, the National Headliner Award, the Women’s Sports Foundation’s Journalism Award, and the prestigious Edgar A. Poe Award from the White House Correspondents Association for her four-part series about wounded soldiers, "War Without End.’'
She has written several books, including, “Little Girls in Pretty Boxes: The Making and Breaking of Elite Gymnasts and Figure Skaters’’ (1995, Doubleday), which was a ground-breaking expose and named one of the “Top 100 Sports Books of All Time’’ by Sports Illustrated and one of the “Top 50 Sports Books of All Time’’ by the Guardian.
Her 2015 book, Molina: The Story of a Father Who Raised an Unlikely Baseball Dynasty (Simon & Schuster), was a finalist for the 2015 PEN Literary Award, and her most recent book is, Intangibles: Unlocking the Science and Soul of Team Chemistry (Little, Brown 2020). Joan is currently the senior media advisor to the San Francisco Giants.