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Thomas Lake

Writer for CNN Digital, Author
Thomas Lake is a writer for CNN Digital and the author of "Unprecedented: The Election That Changed Everything."

Before covering the 2016 presidential election, he wrote about bourbon thieves, B.B. King's funeral, and a buzzer-beating shot in a college basketball game that actually saved people from a tornado. His story "The Boy They Couldn't Kill" was named one of the 60 best features in the history of Sports Illustrated. His work has been anthologized in Next Wave: America's New Generation of Great Literary Journalists, and in four editions of the Best American Sports Writing.

After seven years in newspapers, Lake wrote his first magazine story, "2 on 5," which won the Henry Luce Award for most outstanding story of 2008 across all Time Inc. publications. His writing has also appeared in The Guardian, The Washington Post, and the Wall Street Journal.

Thomas Lake is an award-winning senior writer for Sports Illustrated who specializes in long-form storytelling. Before SI, Lake covered six beats and photographed car wrecks for the The Press-Sentinel in Jesup, Ga.; worked on the education beat for The Salem News in Massachusetts; wrote features for The Florida Times-Union in Jacksonville; covered crime for the St. Petersburg Times in Florida; and served as a senior editor for Atlanta Magazine. He has an associate's degree in general studies from Herkimer County Community College in upstate New York and bachelor's degree in communication arts from Gordon College in Wenham, Mass., where he ran cross-country and met his wife, Sara. They live in metro Atlanta with their two children.