Matthew Higgins


Independent Sports Writer (Amherst, N.Y.), 

Examining the interplay between soccer, status and identity among young refugees  Judge

Matt Higgins is a Buffalo-based freelance journalist specializing in sports and adventure. He is a contributor to Outside and The New York Times, where his subjects have ranged from surf gangs in Hawaii to a transgender pro hockey player. Higgins has reported from four continents. As an action sports correspondent for ESPN.com he wrote about guerilla marketing at the Olympics, the classification of marijuana as a performance-enhancing drug and government funding for skateboarding in China. Higgins is the author of several nonfiction books about sports, including “Bird Dream: Adventures at the Extremes of Human Flight,” about the worldwide race to jump out of an aircraft and land without using a parachute. He holds a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from Buffalo State College.