Investigative reporter who revealed BALCO steroid scandal will speak Nov. 8

SMITHFIELD, R.I.  – Lance Williams, co-author of Game of Shadows: Barry Bonds, BALCO and the Steroids Scandal that Rocked Professional Sports and the investigative reporter who helped the San Francisco Chronicle break the BALCO story, will speak at Bryant University on Thursday, Nov. 8. The presentation is free and open to the public. Reporters are invited to attend.

His presentation, which will be followed by a question-and-answer session, begins at 3:15 p.m. in the Chace Wellness Center’s Multipurpose Athletic Center (MAC). He also will take part in “The Courage to Step Up,” a 2 p.m. panel discussion that will explore ethics and values; making ethical choices in business, politics, community and personal life; and finding the courage to do what’s right. The panelists are:

  • Williams;
  • Boston College ethicist James Keenan, S.J.;
  • Sandra Enos, Ph.D., Bryant associate professor of sociology and service learning;
  • Bill Smith, Bryant University’s director of athletics.

In 2006, Williams and Chronicle colleague Mark Fainaru-Wada, with whom he wrote Game of Shadows , were held in contempt of court and threatened with 18 months in federal prison for refusing to testify about their confidential sources on BALCO. After litigation and Congressional intervention, the subpoenas were withdrawn.

He is the recipient of several awards, including George Polk Award, the Edgar A. Poe Award of the White House Correspondents’ Association, and the PEN-USA First Amendment Award.

 For more information about the event, contact John Nesbitt, program coordinator at the University’s Interfaith Center, 401-232-6119.