New York Times Sports Writer
Karen Crouse grew up next door to past president Mike Blach in Santa Clara and is a graduate of St. Francis High School in Mountain View and the University of Southern California, where she graduated summa cum laude, majoring in journalism and physical education while earning a varsity letter in swimming.
In a sportswriting career spanning more than 30 years, Crouse has completed the literary grand slam in golf and tennis and covered 13 Super Bowls, 11 Olympics, 11 Masters and too many Friday night high-school football games to count.
A member of the New York Times sports staff since 2005, Crouse has distinguished herself with human-interest stories like the New York Jets receiver who was sexually abused as a child, disordered eating in men’s figure skating, Michael Phelps’s struggles with anxiety and depression and 2016 Hungary Olympic swimming star Katinka Hosszu’s toxic relationship with her husband/coach.
After Crouse covered Phelps’s record eight-gold-medal performance at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, the then Times editor Bill Keller praised her work, writing, “Crouse’s epic journey ends in perfection. Phelps got the chronicler he deserved.”
In January of 2018, Crouse’s first book, “Norwich: One Small Vermont Town’s Secret to Happiness and Excellence,” about an unlikely Olympic pipeline built on the bedrock values of kindness, hard work, education and community, was published by Simon & Schuster