Vice President, Investigative Journalism
Chris Buckle, who joined ESPN in 2010, was named Vice President, Investigative Journalism in March 2020, and leads ESPN’s award-winning investigative and enterprise journalism unit.
Previously, Buckle was the executive editor of the investigative and enterprise unit. An exceptional, nationally-respected journalist, Buckle has managed and edited a myriad of impactful, cross-platform investigative projects, such as “Spartan Silence,” which won a 2018 Peabody Award. The Peabody was his second, having been part of ESPN’s winning team in 2013 for “NFL at a Crossroads: Investigating a Health Crisis.” His team also received a 2014 Alfred I. duPont Award (“Outside The Lines: Youth Football Concerns”), the 2018 Sports Emmy for outstanding journalism (“The Dictator’s Team”), the 2020 Sports Emmy for outstanding journalism (“44 Years, 41 Allegations)”, the IRE Award for Sports Investigations (“Spartan Secrets”) and the APSE Investigative Award for coverage of the University of Maryland’s football culture. His group’s 2022 short film, “Betsy & Irv,” has been accepted into nine international film festivals and won two Reelscreen Awards, including the Short Form Award of Excellence.
Before joining ESPN, Buckle had a career in newspapers of all sizes; he joined ESPN from being the personal finance editor at USA Today. He also was an assistant managing editor at The Dallas Morning News. An avid cyclist and triathlete, Buckle graduated from Purdue University and resides in Connecticut with his family.