“I weigh 460 pounds.
Those are the hardest words I’ve ever had to write. Nobody knows that number – not my wife, not my doctor, not my closest friends. It feels like confessing a crime…”*
In this episode I interview Tommy Tomlinson, award-winning journalist and author of the memoir The Elephant In the Room, about life as an overweight man in a growing America.
He is also the host of the podcast “SouthBound” in partnership with WFAE, Charlotte’s NPR station.
He has written for publications including Esquire, ESPN the Magazine, Sports Illustrated, Forbes, Garden & Gun, and many others. He spent 23 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.”
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