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The Undefeated, ESPN’s content initiative for sports, race and culture, has reached a multi-year contract extension with senior NFL writer Jason Reid to continue as the platform’s lead journalist covering the National Football League.
“I am thrilled to be continuing in my role for The Undefeated and remaining with ESPN. There are so many great stories to tell,” said Reid.
At The Undefeated, Reid’s NFL work has included 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 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.
“Jason is a dogged reporter whose work on athletes and activism has helped to define one of the central sports themes of our time,” said Kevin Merida, Senior Vice President and Editor-in-Chief, ESPN. “His collective body of journalism is extraordinary. We are fortunate to have him as our senior NFL writer.”
Reid joined The Undefeated in January 2016 – four months before the site launched. He officially started with the company as an ESPN.com columnist in February 2015.
Before joining ESPN, Reid was an NFL beat reporter and sports columnist for The Washington Post. He also co-hosted a Washington, D.C., morning drive program on ESPN 980.
Prior to The Post, Reid wrote for The Los Angeles Times where he covered the Dodgers, Clippers and provided college basketball analysis. He began his journalism career covering prep sports for The Times.
Reid is a graduate of the University of Southern California’s School of Journalism.
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