Tommy Tomlinson has written for publications including Esquire, ESPN the Magazine, Sports Illustrated, Forbes, Garden & Gun, and many others. He spent twenty-three years as a reporter and local columnist for the Charlotte Observer, where he was a finalist for the 2005 Pulitzer Prize in commentary. His stories have been chosen twice for the Best American Sports Writing series (2012 and 2015) and he also appears in the anthology “America’s Best Newspaper Writing.” He is also the host of the podcast SouthBound in partnership with WFAE, Charlotte’s NPR station. He has taught at Wake Forest University, the University of Georgia, and at workshops and conferences across the country. He was a 2008-09 Nieman Fellow at Harvard University.
In his new book, "The Elephant in the Room," Tomlinson chronicles his lifelong battle with weight. He also hits the road to meet other members of the plus-sized tribe in an attempt to understand how, as a nation, we got to this point. Over the course of the book, he confronts these issues head-on and chronicles the practical steps he has to take to lose weight by the end.