Daniel Coyle

Oct 26, 2004
Outside Magazine

Contributing Editor Daniel Coyle began his career with Outside as an intern in 1989 and graduated to Senior Editor before leaving the ranks to pursue a career as a full time writer. He's the author of Hardball: A Season in the Projects, which Sporting News named book of the year in 1994 and more recently, he penned the novel Waking Samuel, about a nurse who works on a coma patient ward. Coyle has been honored twice with National Magazine Award Nominations for his work in Outside. In 1998, he was nominated for a NMA for feature writing for his profile of Joseph Hazelwood and the Exxon Valdez disaster, entitled "The Captain Went Down with the Ship," and again in 2003 for his profile on snowboarder Roger Carver, called, "Boy Wonder." Coyle is currently working on a book tentatively titled Armstrong's War: An Epic Obsession, a Furious Will to Win about Lance Armstrong's pursuit of a sixth consecutive Tour de France title, slated for release in June, 2005. He lives in Homer, Alaska, with his wife Jen and their four kids.

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