About Irvin Muchnick

Irvin Muchnick

Irvin Muchnick

IRVIN MUCHNICK writes about the traumatic brain injury crisis in American sports and entertainment — among other topics of sports, culture, and investigation. He is the author of three books:

* WRESTLING BABYLON: Piledriving Tales of Drugs, Sex, Death, and Scandal (2007)

* CHRIS & NANCY: The True Story of the Benoit Murder-Suicide and Pro Wrestling’s Cocktail of Death (2009)

* CONCUSSION INC.: The End of Football As We Know It (2015)

Irv is a freelance journalist whose work has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, Sports Illustrated, The Washington MonthlyPeople, and many other major magazines and newspapers. He has been interviewed on forums as diverse as National Public Radio’s Fresh Air with Terry Gross, ESPN’s Up Close, and Fox News’ The O’Reilly Factor.

An assistant director of the National Writers Union from 1994 to 1997 and later a copyright litigation consultant, Irv was lead respondent of the landmark 2010 Supreme Court case Reed Elsevier v. Muchnick — part of what Publishers Weekly calls “the central rights dispute of the digital age.”

Irv’s years of investigations of sexual abuse in youth swimming helped lead to the reversal, in 2014, of the scheduled International Swimming Hall of Fame induction of long-time USA Swimming executive director Chuck Wielgus, who is accused of covering up abuse cases.

As THE TED AGU PAPERS — Concussion Inc.’s seventh ebook — was being published in August 2016, Irv was awaiting the resolution of his Freedom of Information Act lawsuit against the Department of Homeland Security for the 1990s immigration records of rapist former Irish Olympic head swimming coach George Gibney, who arguably is the most-wanted sex criminal in all of global sports. Earlier in the year, U.S. District Court Judge Charles Breyer rejected the federal government’s motion for summary judgment, after which the court has been reviewing the disputed documents for possible public release. In a 2015 profile for the Irish Independent, columnist Paul Kimmage wrote, “The truth is out there and Muchnick will find it.”

Irv’s more than two decades of reporting on the 1983 death of the companion of WWE star Jimmy “Superfly” Snuka led in 2015 to Snuka’s murder indictment, in what is believed to be the longest-running homicide cold case in the history of Lehigh County, Pennsylvania.

Author, Sports Illustrated writer, and National Public Radio commentator Frank Deford calls Irv’s work “magnificent investigative journalism.”

Irv can be contacted at info@muchnick.net.