Brandon’s Stories


I’ve written for ESPN The Magazine and, GQ, Outside, Men’s Journal, the New York Times, SB Nation Longform, SLAM, Our State, and many more magazines and newspapers. My work has been recognized by Byliner, Longform, Longreads, TIME, MSN, Slate, and more.

  • Off the Mat” — How UFC featherweight Nik Lentz fought to save his father while reinventing himself. (SB Nation | 5,000 words) 
  • Andre Dawkins Has a Story” — And the Duke guard would rather not talk about it. (SB Nation | 6,000 words)
  • Death of a Ballplayer“ — The incredible story of Billy Dillon, who somehow survived 27 years in maximum security prison for a murder he didn’t commit. (SB Nation Longform | 8,000 words) 
  • East Side Story“ — Far from the glitz of downtown Toronto, there’s the East Side Hotel, where hope goes to die. Anthony and Chris Stewart called it home—until they found a remarkably unorthodox way out. ( The Lines | 6,000 words)
  • The Prospect“ — Montaous Walton just wanted to play baseball, so he made up a fake online persona, fooled the media, signed with an agent, and ended up in handcuffs. Named one of the best pieces of sports writing of 2013 by DeadspinSB Nation, and Instream. Featured by TIME,, The Byliner, FoxSports, MSN, and many more. (SB Nation Longform | 6,500 words) 
  • Prescription: Music” — When nothing else works, music has been proven to be the most effective medicine. (Charlotte magazine | 3,000 words)
  • The Good Hurt“ — Ray King has leukemia and plays Division I basketball, AND he just helped NC Central to its best DI season ever. (SB Nation Longform | 6,000 words) Featured by The Byliner and more.
  • Blind Ambition” — Capt. Ivan Castro should’ve died in a fight in Iraq. Now he’s the only blind active duty officer in the Special Forces, and in 2012, he ran 12 marathons. (ESPN The Magazine | 5,000 words)
  • Nobody Walks Alone” — After bullets put former NBA star Mike Williams in a wheelchair, an old teammate helped him rise again. (ESPN The Magazine | 3,000 words)
  • Saving the Battleship North Carolina” — Destined to be scrapped, the Battleship North Carolina got its reprieve in 1958 thanks to a statewide effort that brought the ship home. (Our State | 3,000 words)
  • Tarboro Tradition” — Coolmore Plantation is both a mansion and a museum. But to Joe Spiers, who lives here with his wife, Janet, it is both a connection to his family’s history and a structure that symbolizes his own endurance and strength. (Our State | 3,000 words)
  • Mad For Carolina” — Think you’re wild about March Madness? You’ve got nothing on this guy. Meet Greg Cauley, the most dedicated—or, depending on who you ask, the craziest—college sports fan in America. (GQ | 4,000 words)
  • The Muse: True Inspiration or Total Nonsense?“ (Pacific Standard | 1,200 words)
  • Golfer Swallowed By Golf Course“  (Outside | 1,200 words)
  • How A Tiny Southern Town Handles a Turkey Vulture Invasion“ (Outside | 1,200 words)


Coming soon. 


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