Ryan Goldberg is an award-winning freelance journalist who has written for Texas Monthly, Deadspin, the New York Times, Village Voice, ProPublica, and a dozen other outlets. He tends to write about people and places on the margins of society.
His feature “The Drug Runners,” published in Texas Monthly in August 2017, won the Reporting category at the 2018 National City and Regional Magazine Awards. In 2012, he won horse racing’s Media Eclipse Award for his story about father-son jockeys Eibar and Keiber Coa.
Along the way, he has also worked for HBO’s “Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel,” where he earned the 2009 Sports Emmy for Outstanding Sports Journalism for an undercover report on the slaughter of racehorses. Other credits include writing for four Olympics broadcasts and the World Cup; original research for the 2015 documentary “America’s Game and the Iran Hostage Crisis”; and associate producer on “Benji,” an ESPN Films documentary.
Ryan began his reporting career at the Asbury Park Press, in central New Jersey, while still in high school. Now a longtime Brooklyn resident, he can be found canvassing its dives, docks, boardwalks, parks, cemeteries, and neighborhoods in search of inspiration and stories. He’s also an aspiring naturalist.