A University graduate, Dan Okrent spent 18 months as the first public editor of The New York Times. Before that, Okrent spent time at a variety of publications including Life Magazine, Time and New England Monthly. He has worked as a writer, an editor and a publisher. He wrote “Great Fortune: The Epic of Rockefeller Center,” which was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in history.
In the sports world, Okrent is best known as the inventor of Rotisserie Fantasy Baseball. He and his friends famously started the first league at La Rotisserie Francaise restaurant in New York City in 1979. Okrent said he used to do “Staff Picks” when he worked for The Michigan Daily in the late 1960s.