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Sam Fortier

Sam Fortier is a freelance journalist and Syracuse University '18 student.


Who I am: A journalist from New Hampshire.

Present: Senior staff writer at The Daily Orange, contributor at The Ringer and The Athletic and student at Syracuse University.

Past: Intern at The Ringer, Esquire, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer and Boston sports radio station WEEI. Bylines in The New York Times, Boston Globe and Syracuse Post-Standard, among others. 

Future: Hopes to write for a living.

Otherwise: Spends free time traveling, hiking, reading or with family.


Power Move

Inside Mike Hopkins' departure from Syracuse

Mike Hopkins spent more time in Syracuse than he had anywhere else in his life. He was supposedly one year away from inheriting the SU men's basketball team from its legendary coach. Then, suddenly, Hopkins left.

Boise State Mounts a Paper Defense of its Home Turf

Protecting Boise's famous blue field

The blue field at Boise State University's Bronco Stadium was installed in 1986, and ever since, BSU has protected its gimmick with a trademark.

St. Anthony’s
Unanswered Prayer

An inner-city Catholic school closes

Over 45 years, Bob Hurley turned his Jersey City basketball program into an unlikely national power. Now, after 28 state titles and decades of staving off closure, St. Anthony is shutting its doors, and the Friars family is trying to cope with running out of miracles.

Pocket Awareness 

The quiet side of USC quarterback Sam Darnold

USC freshman QB Sam Darnold is a shy kid averse to shouts and speeches. After changing the Rose Bowl–bound Trojans’ fortunes by taking over the starting job in-season, the budding superstar has no intention of changing who he is.

The Making of Myles Garrett

Spending draft night with the No. 1 pick

Spending draft night with this year’s no. 1 pick — and the formative friends and family he wanted to honor before setting off to begin his NFL career in Cleveland.

The sinking of Syracuse’s season as seen from the student section

A 30-hour bus ride ended in disappointment  

For Syracuse's 2016 Final Four run, I rode the student bus to Houston and wrote about the journey in a four-part series.

Brusque Bouncer at Unicorn Bar

"Quit your job and take a trip."

In summer 2016, I created a 300-word metro series called "Seattle Stories" and wrote about one person I met each week for six weeks. This is one of those stories.

Texas Christian distances itself from religious roots

TCU asks the media to only call it TCU

TCU administration doesn't see the move as duplicitious. It frames the rebrand as an update reflective of the culture.