Art Thiel

A Montana native, Art is a graduate of and former basketball player at Mount

Tahoma High School and Pacific Lutheran University. He worked at the Tacoma

News Tribune and Bellevue Daily Journal-American before joining the P-I in 1980.

Art has been an award-winning Seattle Post-Intelligencer sports columnist since 1987 and in 2003 authored the book, "Out of Left Field: How the Mariners Made Baseball Fly in Seattle," now in its third printing with more than 25,000 sales.

Thiel has covered numerous Olympic Games, World Series, NBA Finals, Super Bowls, major golf championships as well as the Mariners, Seahawks, Sonics and University of Washington sports. Men's Journal magazine named him one of the top 20 sportswriters in the U.S., and has been voted best columnist in the region for three consecutive years by viewers of KING-TV's "Evening" magazine. In August, he will be in Athens for the 2004 Summer Olympic Games.

Art writes about Seattle sports, the people who play them and the fans who pay to watch them. Of the three, there's no question he's an advocate for the fans. No issue is tough enough, no cow sacred enough to escape Art's commentaries.