USIA Fellow Mike Sager


Mike Sager is the Honorary/Advisory Editor, and a Fellow of the United Sigma Intelligence Association.

Mike Sager is a bestselling author and award-winning reporter. He’s been called “the Beat poet of American journalism.” For more than forty years he has worked as a writer for the Washington Post, Rolling Stone, GQ and Esquire. In 2010 he won the American Society of Magazine Editors National Magazine award for profile writing. More than ten of his articles have been optioned for or have inspired television movies and series and feature films, including Boogie Nights. The author of a dozen books and eBooks, Sager is also the editor and publisher of The Sager Group LLC, a consortium of multi-media artists and writers.

Sager’s career in journalism began in 1978, when he quit law school after three weeks to take a job on the graveyard shift as a copy boy at the Washington Post. Eleven months later, he was promoted to staff writer by Metro Editor Bob Woodward, of Watergate fame. Sager left the Post after six years to pursue a career in books and magazines. His work includes six collections of stories, a journalism textbook, two novels, several eBooks, and a biography.

A former Contributing Editor of Rolling Stone and Writer-at-Large for GQ, Sager has also written for Vibe, Spy, Outside, Columbia Journalism Review, Interview, Washingtonian, InStyle, and Regardies. He is proud to have been Editor-at-Large for WordsETC, the first black-owned literary magazine of South Africa, and to have helped found MEL Magazine, a content brand owned by Dollar Shave Club.

For his stories, Sager has lived with a crack gang in Los Angeles; ex-pat Vietnam veterans in Thailand; a 625 pound man in El Monte,CA; teenage pitbull fighters in the Philadelphia barrio; Palestinians in the Gaza Strip; heroin addicts on the Lower East Side; Aryan Nations troopers in Idaho; U.S. Marines at Camp Pendleton; Tupperware saleswomen in suburban Maryland; high school boys in Orange County; a Mormon family in Snowflake, Arizona. Many of his articles have been optioned for or have inspired documentaries or films, including Boogie Nights, Veronica Guerin, Wonderland and The Marinovich Project.

Sager has read and lectured at the schools of journalism at Columbia University, New York University, the University of Illinois, the University of Missouri, and the University of California, Irvine, where he served as a Periera Visiting Writer for four years. His work is included in textbooks presently in use in college classrooms. He frequently skypes into classrooms across the country. For the past five years he has served as an adjunct professor in Goucher College’s low-residence MFA/Creative Nonfiction Program.

Born August 17, 1956, Sager is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Emory University and a former intern at the pioneering Atlanta alt-weekly Creative Loafing. He lives in La Jolla, California. He is a past recipient of La Jolla Youth Soccer’s “Competitive Manager of the Year” award. He has one son, Miles, a video producer and filmmaker, trained at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. Miles Sager is the Creative Director of TSG FILMS, a division of The Sager Group LLC.Revenge of the Donut Boys, (Da Capo), published in 2007, is a Los Angeles Times bestseller.