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Larry Platt

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A respected national journalist and author, Larry Platt took the helm as Editor-in-Chief of <em>Philadelphia</em> magazine in September 2002. <br /> <br /> Under Platt’s direction, the magazine has enjoyed its best ad revenue years in the magazine’s 99-year history while earning critical acclaim. Under Platt, the magazine has received back-to-back nominations for the much-coveted National Magazine Award in General Excellence, has won 16 City and Regional Magazine awards and has been named the nation’s third-best newsstand performer (behind <em>Cosmopolitan</em> and <em>Barron’s</em>) by Capell’s Circulation Report. <br /> <br /> Prior to becoming editor, Platt had been affiliated with Philadelphia Magazine for ten years, writing features on sports, politics, media and business. His work has appeared in <em>GQ</em>, the <em>New York Times Magazine</em>, <em>Men’s Journal</em>, <em>Playboy</em>, and on Salon.com, among other publications. <br /> <br /> He is the author of three books. In 1999, Avon Books published<em> Keepin' It Real: A Turbulent Season at the Crossroads with the NBA</em>, a chronicle of a year inside the NBA through the eyes of Charles Barkley, Chris Webber, Jerry Stackhouse, Vernon Maxwell, and Matt Maloney. In May 2002, Temple University Press published <em>New Jack Jocks: Rebels, Race and the American Athlete</em>, an anthology of Platt's national sports pieces over the years. <br /> <br /> Most recently, Platt is the author of <em>Only the Strong Survive: The Odyssey of Allen Iverson</em> (Regan Books, October 2002). (“Iverson’s past has been strip-mined by many,” writes <em>Sports Illustrated</em>’s Gary Smith. “Platt has gone back with a hand shovel and sifter and found what everyone missed.”) Platt, a native Philadelphian, has appeared on numerous television shows, including Nightline, ESPN Outside the Lines, and HBO Real Sports. Platt is 45 and lives in Ardmore, PA.

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