#NYTReadalong | Jack Curry (Sports Journalist)

This week on @Sree's Sunday #NYTReadalong, our guest is Jack Curry, award-winning sports journalist. After covering baseball for 22 years for The New York Times, he joined the YES Network as a Yankees pre- and post-game analyst. He has won five New York Emmy awards. Lifelong Yankee fan and executive producer of the #NYTReadalong, Neil Parekh, is the guest host.


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Jack is the co-author of Paul O’Neill’s book “Swing and a Hit: Nine Innings of What Baseball Taught Me,” which comes out May 24. He is also the co-author of two other New York Times bestsellers: David Cone’s “Full Count: The Education of a Pitcher” and Derek Jeter’s “The Life You Imagine: Life Lessons for Achieving Your Dreams.”


Excerpt in The New York Times

They’ll talk about much more than the Yankees, of course. They’ll cover the process of co-authoring books with sports stars, the evolution of sports journalism, Jack’s career transition from print to television, the challenges of covering sports during COVID and more.

 

We will also review a special investigative piece in Sunday’s New York Times about Haiti and the “Ransom” it has paid to France ever since independence.


"For generations, Haitians were forced to pay France for their freedom. How much was a mystery until now. The New York Times scoured centuries-old documents to find out."


Excerpt:

Violence. Tragedy. Hunger. Underdevelopment. These bywords have clung to Haiti for more than a century. Kidnappings. Outbreaks. Earthquakes. The president assassinated — this time in his bedroom.


How is it possible, many ask, that Haiti shares an island with the Dominican Republic, with its underground subway system, health care coverage, public schools, teeming resorts and impressive stretches of economic growth?


Corruption is the usual explanation, and not without reason: Haiti’s leaders have historically ransacked the country for their own gain, legislators have spoken openly on the radio about accepting bribes and oligarchs sit atop lucrative monopolies, paying few taxes. Transparency International ranks it among the most corrupt nations in the world.


But another story is rarely taught or acknowledged: The first people in the modern world to free themselves from slavery and create their own nation were forced to pay for their freedom yet again — in cash."


 

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