Senior Writer, ESPN.com
Ivan Maisel has covered college football as a Senior Writer for ESPN since 2002, writing for ESPN.com, appearing on television, ESPN Radio and on podcasts. In 2020, the College Sports Information Directors Association (CoSIDA) presented Maisel the Jake Wade Award, presented annually since 1958 to an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to the media in the field of intercollegiate athletics.
Maisel served as Editor-at-Large for ESPN College Football 150, the multi-platform project commemorating the 2019 sesquicentennial of the sport. Maisel served as writer and host of Down & Distance, a podcast series, and as a producer on more than 30 hours of original programming, including the series The American Game, The Greatest, and Saturdays in the South, and the Football is US documentaries. The work won four medals at the 2020 New York Festivals TV and Film Awards. He also wrote longform features and directed the voting of a 150-person panel on the sport’s greatest players, coaches, teams, and games.
Prior to joining ESPN.com in November 2002, Maisel served as a senior writer for Sports Illustrated and CNNSI.com for five years. Maisel also covered national college sports for Newsday from 1994 to 1997, and for The Dallas Morning News from 1987 to 1994, and as a college football columnist for The Sporting News.
Maisel has been honored seven times for Best Story by the Football Writers Association of America, most recently for a 2018 ESPN.com column about the family of Tyler Hilinski, the Washington State quarterback who ended his life in January of that year. The FWAA honored Maisel in Jan. 2016 with the Bert McGrane Award, the equivalent of the organization’s Hall of Fame. He also has been honored twice by the Associated Press Sports Editors, who in 2019 named him one of the 10 best sports columnists in the nation. Maisel also serves on the Honors Court, which selects the members of the College Football Hall of Fame for the National Football Foundation.
Maisel earned a bachelor’s degree in American Studies from Stanford University in 1981 and is a 1977 graduate of Murphy High in Mobile.