Grant Wahl Bio, Age, Parents, Wife, CBS Sports, Qatar Arrest

Grant Wahl

Grant Wahl Biography

Grant Wahl is an American media personality serving as a sports journalist and soccer analyst for CBS Sports. He is also the author of the book The Beckham Experiment (2009), the first soccer book to make it to the New York Times Best-Seller List. Previously, he was a senior writer for Sports Illustrated and a correspondent for Fox Sports.

Grant Wahl Age

Wahl is 48 years old as of 2022. He was born on December 2, 1974, in Mission, Kansas, United States.

Grant Wahl Height

He is 5 feet 8 inches tall.

Grant Wahl Nationality

He is American by nationality.

Grant Wahl Education

Wahl went to Shawnee Mission East High School. Upon completion of his high school education, he joined Princeton University in 1992. In 1996, he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Politics from Princeton University.

During Wahl’s first year at Princeton University, he covered the Princeton Tigers men’s soccer team, then coached by Bob Bradley, who would go on to manage Major League Soccer teams and the United States national team. Bradley provided Wahl with an opportunity to study abroad in Argentina, spending time with Boca Juniors, before returning to the United States for the 1994 FIFA World Cup. Wahl cites his experiences with Bradley as a catalyst for his love of the sport.

Grant Wahl Parents

Grant was born in Mission, Kansas, United States to loving parents. As of 2018, his parents are retired. His grandfather Ed Wahl is German-born and he would get a kick out of watching Grant support Germany at the World Cup 2022, Grant says.

Grant Wahl Wife

Wahl is a married man. He is married to his beautiful wife Celine Gounder, an American medical doctor and medical journalist who specializes in infectious diseases and global health.

Apart from her charming beauty, Celine is also highly educated. She graduated from Princeton University in 1997, with a Bachelor of Arts in molecular biology. She also received a Master of Science in epidemiology from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in 2000, with a master’s thesis entitled Field evaluation of a rapid immunochromatographic test for tuberculosis.  At the University of Washington School of Medicine, Celine earned a Doctor of Medicine degree in 2004.

While in medical school, Celine co-founded the International Health Group, which advocates for doctor’s training to serve disadvantaged people around the world. She did her residency in internal medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital.

Celine was born on April 22, 1977, in the United States making her 45 years old as of 2022. Her mother is from Normandy, France, while her father, Raj Natarajan Gounder is a Tamil Indian from a small village near Erode, Tamil Nadu.

She was a member of the COVID-19 Advisory Board transition team of U.S. President-Elect Joe Biden.

The couple and their two dogs live in New York City.

Grant Wahl Kids

Wahl and his wife Celine Gounder do not have kids as of 2022. The couple has been together for a long time. However, it seems they are happy with their two dogs, Coco and Zizou who turned 11 on May 23, 2022.


Grant Wahl CBS Sports

Wahl is a sports journalist and soccer analyst for CBS Sports. On October 5, 2021, he joined CBS Sports, where he became an analyst for its coverage of CONCACAF soccer matches, as well as an editorial consultant for soccer documentaries to air on Paramount+. He is also known for having been a senior writer for Sports Illustrated and a correspondent for Fox Sports.

In 1996, Wahl began his career working with the Miami Herald as an intern. From there, he joined Sports Illustrated in November 1996, covering college basketball as well as soccer. In his career, Wahl has reported on 12 NCAA basketball tournaments, eight World Cups, and four Olympic games.

Wahl first gained critical acclaim for his cover story “Where’s Daddy?” (1998), which documented the growing number of illegitimate children born to professional athletes. Since then, he has written numerous cover stories and profiles on athletes. In addition, Wahl has received four Magazine Story of the Year awards given by the U.S. Basketball Writers Association.

In October 2000, Wahl was promoted to the position of a senior writer at Sports Illustrated. In his first book, The Beckham Experiment (2009), Wahl focused on the move of David Beckham to the LA Galaxy in Major League Soccer and his impact on the league. It became a New York Times Best Seller.

In October 2009, while covering the fourth round of 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification, Wahl was robbed of his phone and wallet at gunpoint in broad daylight in Tegucigalpa, Honduras; earlier in the day, he had interviewed interim Honduran president Roberto Micheletti, who later apologized to Wahl over the incident.

Grant Wahl Fox Sports

In October 2012, Wahl joined FOX Sports after having participated in the network’s coverage of the UEFA Euro 2012 tournament earlier that year. In 2013, SI launched its soccer section, named “Planet Fútbol”, with Wahl at the helm. On April 10, 2020, Wahl was fired from Sports Illustrated after criticizing James Heckman, CEO of the magazine’s publisher Maven, for his handling of pay cuts during the coronavirus pandemic. In response, Heckman criticized both Wahl’s work and not wanting to volunteer for a permanent pay cut.

Grant Wahl Qatar Arrest

While following the United States to the 2022 FIFA World Cup, Wahl became caught up in a crackdown in Qatar on items that featured a rainbow. Wahl was arrested over the t-shirt he was wearing (which happened to have the offending image displayed), while a reporter for The New York Times who attempted to report on the incident also became caught up in the crackdown and was also arrested by Qatari-FIFA officials.

Grant Wahl Salary

He receives $350,000 per year.

Grant Wahl Net Worth

He has an estimated net worth of $1.5 million which he basically gets from his journalism career.

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