Herzog lives on Californias Monterey Peninsula with his wife, Amy,
and his son, Luke. In a career notable for its range of style and subject
matter, he has published two 400-page titles, many childrens books
and hundreds of magazine pieces for an audience of millions. Herzog has
covered topics ranging from the civil rights movement to sports car racing,
from golf course design to the Grateful Dead. He has published books encompassing
200 years of American sports and 35,000 miles of the American scene.
graduating with honors from Cornell University in 1990, Herzog remained
in Ithaca, New York, beginning his career as a newspaper reporter for
The Ithaca Journal. At age 23, he received a Best of Gannett
award from the newspapers parent corporation for his six-part series
on Native American nicknames and institutionalized racism in sports. He
was also honored with the Cornell University Media Award.
freelance writer since 1992, Herzog writes frequently for several national
publications, including Sports Illustrated, Sports Illustrated
For Kids, Writers Digest, Via, Delta Airlines
Sky magazine and USAirways Attache. For his feature
writing in Cornell Magazine, Herzog received the top honor
a Grand Gold Medal from the Council for Advancement and Support
passion for writing has taken many forms. His first screenplay, Spin
Art, was chosen as a finalist in the Monterey County Film Commission
Screenwriting Contest. He is also the author of more than a dozen books
for children, including a novel for fifth graders, Freddy in the Fridge.
In 1996, he published The Sports 100 (Macmillan), which ranks and
profiles the most important people in U.S. sports history, from Jackie
Robinson and Babe Ruth to the inventors of the jump shot and the point
1999, Herzog published a travel narrative, States of Mind (John
F. Blair), which one reviewer claimed will stand with Travels
with Charley as a rare road-trip book to endure. Turning a figurative
search for elusive qualities into a literal and allegorical search, he
constructed essays on 18 tiny hamlets, from Faith (South Dakota) and Hope
(Mississippi) to Pride (Alabama) and Joy (Illinois). States of Mind
received an IPPY award as one of the ten outstanding books from independent
publishers in 2000. In May 2001, it was reprinted as a trade paperback
from Pocket Books, and plans are underway to turn it into a 13-part documentary
series on PBS.
States of Minds critical acclaim was accompanied by commercial success. Following Herzogs appearance on Who Wants to be a Millionaire in April 2000, the book immediately soared to #7 on the Amazon.com best-seller list. After his interview on NBCs Today Show, States of Mind rose to #2, behind only a Harry Potter title. Several printings followed, as Herzog was the subject of articles in Entertainment Weekly, Time, People, Readers Digest and dozens of newspapers across the country. He has been a guest on the Oprah Winfrey Show and more than 50 radio and television programs, as well as the subject of a national commercial on ABC television.