Friday, June 28, 2013

JDM professor publishes story on SBNation Longform

Matt Tullis, an assistant professor of journalism and digital media, published the story, "Who is Stella Walsh: The story of the intersex Olympian" on the national literary sports journalism website SBNation Longform.

The story can be read here.

Stella Walsh came to Cleveland in 1911 as an infant. By her late teens, she was dominating local and national races, particularly short sprints. She won the gold medal in the 100 meter dash, running for her native Poland, at the 1932 Olympics, and the silver four years later in the same event in Berlin.

She continued her athletic career, setting at least 20 world records in track and field. Tragically, she was murdered in a department store parking lot in Cleveland in December 1980. Her autopsy unveiled a secret she had kept all of her life: that Stella Walsh was not entirely female.

This is the second time Tullis has published a story with SBNation Longform. In October 2012, he published the story "Feet of Clay, Heart of Iron," a profile of Brian Simmons, the world's second-best horseshoe pitcher. That story was listed in's list of 102 Spectacular Nonfiction Stories of 2012.