Chris is a professor of journalism at Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis, where he teaches sports journalism/communication and serves on the staff of the National Center for Sports Journalism. He is the author/editor of six books, including Conspiracy of Silence: Sportswriters and the Long Campaign to Desegregate Baseball (2012) and Blackout: The Untold Story of Jackie Robinson’s First Spring Training (2004).
His next book is From Jack Johnson to LeBron James: Sports, Media, and the Color Line, which will be published in December.
Conspiracy of Silence was named one of the best books of the year by Huffington Post and Choice magazine. It also won Best Book on Journalism and Mass Communication History by the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, August 2013.
His articles and columns have appeared in The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Sports Illustrated, Los Angeles Times, Miami Herald, Newsweek, Huffington Post, etc.