Feinstein was born in New York City, July 28, 1956. His father was heavily involved in the arts having been the General Manager of the Washington National Opera from 1980 to 1995 and was also the first Executive Director of the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C.
Feinstein has also written a sports-mystery series for young adults in which main characters Stevie Thomas and Susan Carol Anderson are reporting on major sporting events including the Final Four, US Open (tennis), Super Bowl, World Series, the Army-Navy Game, and the Summer Olympics. These are just a few. He currently has 24 books written.
A Season on the Brink was adapted to film with an ESPN production of the same title. It starred Brian Dennehy in the role of Bob Knight. During its original airing on ESPN on March 10, 2002, the film was presented uncensored for profanity, while a censored version was simulcast on ESPN2. It released to DVD later in 2002.
Feinstein's book Caddy for Life: The Bruce Edwards Story was released in 2004. It is about the life and final days of Tom Watson's caddy, Bruce Edwards, who was diagnosed with ALS (also known as Lou Gehrig's Disease.) Feinstein and long-time friend Terry Hanson engaged the William Morris Agency and commissioned a screenplay in conjunction with Matt Damon's and Ben Affleck's production company, Live Planet. In 2010, Caddy for Life was produced in documentary format for the Golf Channel.
Newspaper and other media work
On March 8, 2012, Feinstein joined SiriusXM's Mad Dog Radio channel, teaming up with Bruce Murray for the sports talk show, Beyond the Brink, which aired between 10:00 am – 2:00 pm ET. However, Feinstein soon left the show by the fall of 2012, as he was offered a slot of his own show on the brand new CBS Sports Radio between 9 AM to 12 noon ET. CBS Sports Radio began 24/7 all sports talk on January 2, 2013.
He has also been a regular on-air commentator for a number of other television and radio shows, including:
Living on the Black: Two Pitchers, Two Teams, One Season to Remember: A look at the seasons of two veteran pitchers, Mike Mussina of the New York Yankees and Tom Glavine of the New York Mets, as they chase success and another World Series. ISBN 0-316-11391-3
Tales from Q School: Inside Golf's Fifth Major: The story of the players who compete for coveted positions on the PGA Tour in the 2005 Q School. ISBN 0-316-01430-3
Last Dance: Behind the Scenes at the Final Four: Tales of players, coaches, and refs in the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament Final Four. ISBN 0-316-16030-X
Hard Courts: A look at one year (1990) on the men's and women's professional tennis tours. ISBN 0-679-74106-2
Forever's Team: A look at the Duke team that lost in the NCAA final game in 1978. Because many of its stars were freshmen and sophomores, it was widely expected that the team would win a national title, but this group of Duke players never did so. ISBN 0-394-56892-3
A Season Inside: In his follow up to Brink, Feinstein took an inside look at the 1987–1988 college basketball season, including teams, players, coaches and officials from throughout the country. One of the teams he most closely followed was eventual national champion Kansas. ISBN 0-394-56891-5
Last Shot: A Final Four Mystery: A fictional children's book about two children trying to solve a mystery at the Final Four. Winner of the 2006 Edgar Award in the Best Young Adult category. Stevie and Susan Carol get caught up in a blackmail threat to Chip Graber, Minnesota State's best player. In the end they get the message to Chip that they're okay and he wins the game in the "Final" four minutes. ISBN 0-375-83168-1
Vanishing Act: The second book in the Last Shot series sees Stevie Thomas and Susan Carol Anderson try to solve a kidnapping and numerous crimes at the U.S. Open tennis tournament.
Cover Up: Mystery at the Super Bowl: In the next book in the Last Shot series, Stevie and Susan Carol discover that several players who are set to play in the upcoming Super Bowl have failed doping tests, and their team's owner is trying to cover up the failed tests. ISBN 0-375-84247-0
Change-Up: Mystery at the World Series: The fourth sequel to the Last Shot series, involving a mystery at the World Series. ISBN 0-375-85636-6
The Rivalry: Mystery at the Army-Navy Game: Stevie and Susan Carol are back in the next sequel to Last Shot, this time preparing for the yearly Army-Navy traditional football game when something goes terribly wrong. ISBN 0-375-86570-5
Rush For The Gold: Mystery at the Olympics: Stevie and Susan Carol are back, but this time its only Stevie doing the reporting. Susan Carol is swimming for the USA Olympic team. How far will someone go to ensure she wins the gold?