Grant Wahl Biography

Grant Wahl was an American author, US sports writer for sports journalists, and soccer analyst for CBS Sports. He also published a twice-weekly podcast with news talk and interviews (audio and written) with the sport’s most prominent figures, write columns. The world of media is mourning his death as Grant passed away in Qatar while covering Argentina vs Netherlands match at Fifa 2022 world cup. 

Early Life

Grant Wahl was born on 2nd December 1974 which makes him 49 years old as of 2022. He was raised with a brother, Eric Wahl, in Mission, Kansas, United States. He went to Shawnee Mission East High School to pursue education. Later, he earned a Bachelor of Arts in Politics in 1996 from Princeton University.

Grant Wahl Career

In 1996, he began his profession working with the Miami Herald as an intern. After that, he joined Sports Illustrated in November 1996 and started working on the coverage of college basketball as well as soccer. He was also honored and received four Magazine Story of the Year awards presented by the U.S. Basketball Writers Association. By October 2000, he saw a promotion from a junior position to the position of senior writer. On April 10, 2020, he received termination from Sports Illustrated.

Grant published his first book, The Beckham Experiment, in 2009. The book focused on the essential moves of David Beckham to the LA Galaxy in Major League Soccer and his later moves to produce an impact on the league. With this establishment, he soon became the New York Times Best Seller.

Rise to Fame

In February 2011, he announced a possible bid to become President of FIFA in the upcoming election to unseat incumbent Sepp Blatter. But, he pulled out before the official deadline and after the failure of an endorsement from the football association. While covering the fourth round of the 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification in October 2009, he was robbed of his phone and wallet at gunpoint in broad daylight in Tegucigalpa, Honduras. In October 2012, he participated in the network’s coverage of the UEFA Euro 2012 tournament.

In the month of October 2012, he joined FOX Sports as a correspondent. He also covers soccer news for the magazine In 2013, SI launched its soccer section, named “Planet Fútbol”, with Wahl at the helm. He wrote his second book Masters of Modern Soccer in 2018. In 2019, he left FOX Sports. After that, he joined CBS Sports as an analyst On October 5, 2021. He works as an editorial consultant for soccer documentaries to air on Paramount+ and coverage of CONCACAF soccer matches.

Grant Wahl Biography

Real Name Grant Wahl
Birth Date 2 December 1974
Died Date 10 December 2022
Aged 47 Years
Birth Place Mission, Kansas, United States
Profession Sports Journalist
College Princeton University
Qualification Graduate

Physical Statistics

Height in feet inches – 5’ 9” – in Centimeters – 175 cm
Weight in Kilograms – 85 kg  –  in Pounds –  187 lbs
Hair Color Bald
Eye Color Blue


Brother Eric Wahl

Relationship Status

Marital Status Married
Affair No
Is he a Gay? No
Wife Celine Gounder
Children No

Personal Life

Grant Wahl married Celine Gounder in 2001. His wife, Celine Gounder is an American medical doctor at Bellevue Hospital Center, and she is also a medical journalist who specializes in infectious diseases and global health. The lovely couple has no children from their marriage and lives with their two dogs. Grant knew and spoke both English and Spanish. After receiving news of the death, Grant Wahl’s wife, Dr. Céline Gounder, wrote on Twitter

“I am so thankful for the support of my husband @GrantWahl’s soccer family & of so many friends who’ve reached out tonight. I’m in complete shock,”

Cause of Death

Grant Wahl was reported to be dead on 10th December 2022 while covering the FIFA world cup 2022 match between Argentina and the Netherlands. In November, he was arrested because he wore a T-shirt and support the LGBTQ community’s rights. According to Muslin nation, gay and lesbians are criminalized in Qatar so he was unable to enter in World cup. After that, he visited a clinic in Qatar and said –

“My body finally broke down on me. Three weeks of little sleep, high stress, and lots of work can do that to you. I probably have bronchitis….. I’m already feeling a bit better just a few hours later. But still: No bueno.”

From the word stated by Wahl, it was clear he was not fine with his health and was extremely under medications, stress, and unhealthy circumstances. He was detained for his health issues and later found dead which was revealed by his brother.

Social Media

Grant was active on social media platforms. As of 2022, he has 853.4k followers on the @GrantWahl Twitter account. In 2022, he even launched official website –

Grant Wahl Net Worth

Grant is a well-known author and served for 25 years as the senior writer for Sports Illustrated, an American sports magazine. It is safe to say that Grant Wahl earns an estimated net worth of around $8 Million. 

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