Mike Fish is an investigative reporter for ESPN whose work appears across ESPN platforms including ESPN.com, ESPN The Magazine and Outside the Lines. He is a two-time Sports Emmy nominee.
Fish, who joined ESPN in 2005, has written stories covering the accidental friendly-fire death of Army Ranger and professional football player Pat Tillman. A decade later Fish spoke to an Army Ranger, the first to come forward publicly, discussing firing upon Tillman and the guilt the Ranger carries. In 2015 that piece earned Fish the Joseph Galloway Award for Distinguished Journalism, the top prize at the Military Reporters & Editors Awards.
Multiple profiles include covering former MLB player Lenny Dykstra and the financial and legal trouble that plagued his business entrepreneur endeavors. An investigation into Patricia Driscoll, the former Executive Director of the Armed Forces Foundation and one-time girlfriend of NASCAR driver Kurt Busch. Fish looked into how finances from the non-profit organization were used for personal expenses and other fraudulent crimes. Following the OTL piece, Driscoll was indicted on charges and is today in the midst of a federal trial.
Further journalism that resulted in judicial action include a piece on Dr. Richard Rydze, the former Pittsburgh Steelers team doctor, and his purchase and use of human growth hormone (HGH) to treat patients. Rydze was later charged and convicted for breaking federal statutes. Fish went all-in on the world of Billy Walters, one of the most successful professional sports gamblers, and how he managed to avoid copycat imitators and the watchful eye of investigators for years. Walters was later convicted on insider trading charges. Finally, reporting on hazing at Florida A&M University, which lead to multiple band members being charged and convicted.
Prior to joining ESPN, Fish worked at CNN-Sports Illustrated, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, St. Petersburg Times, Kansas City Star, Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel and the Albany (N.Y.) Times-Union.
Throughout his decorated newspaper career, Fish was nominated twice for a Pulitzer Prize and received multiple national Associated Press Sports Editors awards for both investigative and enterprise reporting.
A native of Albany, NY, Fish attended Ithaca College, where he earned a bachelor of arts in communications. He lives in Marietta, Ga.