Mark Kram, Jr. is the author of Like Any Normal Day: A Story of Devotion, which was bestowed with the 2013 PEN/ESPN Award for Literary Sports Writing. Work by him has appeared in The Best American Sports Writing (Houghton Mifflin) in 2011, 2008, 2005, 2003, 2002 and 1994. The Society of Professional Journalists honored him with the 2011 Sigma Delta Chi Award for feature writing. The Associated Press Sports Editors have awarded him first place prizes for feature writing in 2008 and for explanatory reporting in 2009 and 2010. His articles have also been recognized by the Pennsylvania Associated Press Managing Editors and the Keystone Press Awards. He is a former Senior Writer for the Philadelphia Daily News, where he worked from 1987 to 2013. He has also worked at the Detroit Free Press and the Baltimore News American. Additionally, he has contributed book reviews to The New York Times and the "American Read" essay for Business Day Sports Monthly in Cape Town, South Africa. He is also a former contributing writer for Philadelphia Magazine. Born in Baltimore, Maryland, he is the son of the late Mark Kram, an acclaimed writer for Sports Illustrated and the author of a controversial book on the rivalry between Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier, Ghosts of Manila. Kram Jr. attended the University of Maryland, College Park and graduated from Loyola High School, Baltimore. He lives in Haddonfield, NJ.