The Authors

Reed Albergotti

Reed Albergotti


Reed Albergotti has worked at The Wall Street Journal for more than a decade, covering sports and legal issues.

In May 2010, Albergotti uncovered emails sent to cycling officials and sponsors by a former teammate of Lance Armstrong’s that revealed the complex doping program on the U.S. Postal Service cycling team. He broke the news about the shocking emails in a story, which he wrote with his colleague Vanessa O’Connell, that sent shockwaves around the sports world and led to a two-year federal investigation. Albergotti and O’Connell received a National Headliner Award and a New York Press Club award for their coverage of the doping scandal.

Albergotti’s in-depth story about the troubled Cincinnati Bengals stadium deal led to changes in the Los Angeles City Council’s own stadium negotiations. His investigative piece on a former Penn State administrator’s clashes with football coach Joe Paterno shed light on the child molestation scandal that rocked the school. Albergotti also wrote about secret video footage the NFL doesn’t want its fans to see, which led the NFL to change its policy and offer the footage to its fans.

While reporting on the Vancouver Olympics, Albergotti wrote an investigative piece about the luge track accident that killed Georgian athlete Nodar Kumaritashvili. Albergotti was the first to reveal how the construction of the luge track there was driven by commercial interests at the expense of safety, ultimately leading to the Kumaritashvili’s death.

Albergotti’s other scoops include uncovering a video recording – hidden for 25 years – showing the First ever slam dunk in a women’s college basketball game. In 2009, he broke the news of a secret deal in 2007 between Woods and the National Enquirer that made it possible for Woods to protect his image by suppressing exposure of his infidelity. That story was the top read piece on for more than a week.

Albergotti also discovered the NFL’s first and only vegan, a wide receiver who catches with his eyes closed and a Wall Street Banker who started riding a bike for fun and became a pro. He has produced several popular online videos. His series “The Olympics: How Hard Can it Be?” was shown in national TV broadcasts and at NHL games.

Born in Minneapolis, Albergotti graduated from San Diego State University, where he was a reporter, humor columnist and editor for The Daily Aztec and a member of the school’s NCAA Div II hockey team.

He is an accomplished amateur cyclist who races at the Category 2 level in New York City. He relocated to San Francisco in October 2013 to cover Facebook and the Silicon Valley tech scene.

Vanessa O'Connell

Vanessa O'Connell


Vanessa O’Connell, an award-winning reporter at The Wall Street Journal for 17 years, has covered tobacco, alcohol, guns, insider trading and the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

From 2010 to 2013, she co-authored a series of stories on Lance Armstrong and doping scandal in professional cycling, including “Blood Brothers,” which won a 2011 New York Press Club Award and third place in the National Headliner Awards.

While covering the oil spill, she co-authored 'There was 'Nobody In Charge,’" which was part of the “Deep Trouble” series of stories that was a finalist in the national affairs category for the 2011 Pulitzer Prize. That series also won a Gerald Loeb Award, a New York News Publishers Association Award, and a National Headliner Award.

In 2011, O’Connell was part of a team of Journal reporters who contributed to “Inside Track,” a series of articles that examined and dissected new ways of insider trading involving Washington officials and well-connected investors. The series was honored with a 2011 George Polk Award and was a finalist in the 2012 Gerald Loeb Awards.

In 2010, O’Connell broke the story on "Jihad Jamie," the Leadville, Colorado, mother who converted to Islam and was arrested as part of a plot to murder a Swedish cartoonist who made fun of the Prophet Mohammed. That was a world-wide scoop.

In 2009, she worked with Reed Albergotti (her Wheelmen co-author) covering the Tiger Woods scandal, to uncover a secret deal in 2007 between Woods and the National Enquirer that made it possible for Woods to protect his image by suppressing exposure of his infidelity.

In 2005, O’Connell received honorable mention in the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism for “Uneasy Compromise: To Keep Teens Safe, Some Parents Allow Drinking at Home,” her page-one feature.

In 2004, her investigative series on Big Tobacco and cigarettes was honored with a Front Page Award, including “Bans on Smoking in Prison Shrink a Coveted Market”; “New Leaf: Why Philip Morris Decided to Make Friends With FDA”; and “Burning Question: U.S. Suit Alleges Philip Morris Hid Cigarette Fire Risk.”

She was nominated by The Journal for the 1999 Pulitzer Prize, for an investigative series she co-authored on guns.

A lover of big-thinking entrepreneurs, O’Connell is also the founding editor of The Accelerators, The Journal’s daily blog on startups, and is one of the founding editors on “WSJ Startup of the Year,” a documentary.

She lives in New York City with her husband and daughters.

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