Michael Farber
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Along with the pages of SPORTS ILLUSTRATED, you'll find senior writer Michael Farber in the Hockey Hall of Fame. Farber joined the staff of SPORTS ILLUSTRATED in January 1994 and now stands as one of the magazine's top journalists, covering primarily ice hockey and Olympic sports. He is also a regular contributor to SI.com. In 2003 Farber was honored with the Elmer Ferguson Award from the Hockey Hall of Fame for distinguished hockey writing. "Michael Farber represents the best in our business," said the New York Post's Larry Brooks, past president of the Professional Hockey Writers' Association. "He is a witty and stylish writer, who has the ability to tell a story with charm and intelligence."

Farber says his Feb. 2, 1998 SI piece on the use and abuse of Sudafed among NHL players was his most memorable story for SI. He also cites a feature on the personal problems of Kevin Stevens, Life of the Party.

His most memorable sports moment as a journalist came in 1988 when Canadian Ben Johnson set his controversial world record by running the 100 meters in 9.79 seconds at the Summer Olympic Games, in Seoul.

Before coming to SPORTS ILLUSTRATED, Farber spent 15 years as an award-winning sports columnist and writer for the Montreal Gazette, three years at the Bergen Record, and one year at the Sun Bulletin in Binghamton, NY. He has won many honors for his writing, including the "outstanding sports writing award" in 2007 from Sports Media Canada, and the Prix Jacques-Beauchamp (Quebec sportswriter of the year) in 1993. While at the Gazette, he won a National Newspaper award in 1982 and 1990. Sometimes Life Gets in the Way, a compendium of his best Gazette columns, was published during his time in newspapers. Farber says hockey is his favorite sport to cover. "The most down-to-earth athletes play the most demanding game," he says.

Away from SPORTS ILLUSTRATED, Farber is a commentator for CJAD-AM in Montreal and a panelist on TSN's The Reporters (the Canadian equivalent of ESPN's The Sports Reporters in the United States, except more dignified). Farber is also one of the 18 members on the Hockey Hall of Fame selection committee.

Born and raised in New Jersey, Farber is a 1973 graduate of Rutgers University where he was Phi Beta Kappa. He now resides in Montreal with his wife, Danielle Tétrault, son Jérémy and daughter Gabrielle.

EXTRA POINTS

  • Favorite SI Vault story: Tricks of the Trade (April 13, 1981). "Steve Wulf's story on cheating in baseball, early 1980s. There is a dark side in all of us."
  • Writers who have inspired your work: "A.J. Liebling, the best prose writer and reporter in English in the 20th century. S.J. Perelman, for the elasticity of his language."
  • Person you would most like to interview: "Renee Fleming or Cecilia Bartoli. I am star struck by great opera singers."
  • Favorite movie: "Duck Soup. Marx Brothers skewer war like nobody else."
  • Favorite book: "Catch 22, Joseph Heller. Brilliant satire."
  • Most memorable meal: "On the road in the NHL, the best restaurant is Hutch's in Buffalo."
 
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