Senior NFL Writer, The Undefeated
Jason Reid was named senior NFL writer for The Undefeated, ESPN’s platform exploring the intersections of sports, race and culture, in January 2016, after serving as an NFL columnist for ESPN.com for a year. He joined ESPN in February 2015 as an NFL columnist and his work appeared on the NFL pages of ESPN.com.
In addition to writing for ESPN.com, Reid served as co-host of The Man Cave with Chris Paul and Jason Reid, the morning drive program on ESPN 980 in Washington, D.C.
At The Undefeated, some of Reid’s NFL work includes The Puzzling Plummet of RGIII – an in-depth look at how former Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III fell out of favor with the team; and enterprise reporting around the NFL’s support of social justice organization in the wake of players’ protests, and the ensuing discord among the players. In April 2017, Reid co-authored The NFL’s Racial Divide – a long-form investigation about the role that race plays in the construction of NFL rosters – which won the 2018 NABJ Salute to Excellence Award in the sports digital media category.
In 2019, Reid pioneered The Undefeated’s season-long digital series on the emerging prominence of African-American quarterbacks in the National Football League. The critically-acclaimed Year of the Black Quarterback series culminated in a one-hour television program in February 2020, hosted by Reid.
In addition to his work with The Undefeated, Reid regularly contributes to other ESPN platforms, including Outside the Lines, SportsCenter, ESPN Radio programs and more. In September 2016, he wrote a cover story, Welcome to the Todd Gurley Show, for ESPN The Magazine on the Los Angeles Rams star running back.
Before joining ESPN, Reid was with The Washington Post where he covered the Redskins as a beat reporter and later became a sports columnist. His work as one of the lead sources for news and information about the Redskins peaked from the team’s pre-Draft scouting and eventual selection of Robert Griffin III in the 2012 NFL Draft, through the quarterback’s first three seasons in the National Football League.
Prior to the Post, Reid worked for 15 years at The Los Angeles Times where he covered the Dodgers, Clippers and provided college basketball analysis. He began his professional journalism career covering prep sports for the newspaper.
A native New Yorker, Reid was raised in Southern California and graduated from the University of Southern California’s School of Journalism.