Skip Bayless joined ESPN in 2004 as a writer for ESPN.com and a commentator on Cold Pizza, ESPN2’s former weekday morning show. In May 2007, the show moved from New York to ESPN’s headquarters in Bristol, CT and was rechristened First Take.
First Take has evolved into a daily studio show that debates the day’s most interesting sports topics, designed to present and challenge the opinions of Skip Bayless and Stephen A. Smith, as well as various sports personalities. With a background as a nationally respected columnist, Bayless is well-known for defending his strong opinions.
Bayless previously worked as a star columnist for more than 20 years in Dallas (Dallas Morning News and Dallas Times Herald), Chicago (Chicago Tribune) and for the Knight-Ridder media company based at the San Jose Mercury News. Bayless was voted “Texas Sportswriter of the Year” three times during his tenure in Dallas, and was voted “Illinois Sportswriter of the Year” in addition to winning the Lisagor Award for excellence in sports column writing while at the Chicago Tribune. He was also a sports writer for the Miami Herald and the Los Angeles Times. Bayless is the author of three best-selling books chronicling three eras of the Dallas Cowboys.
Bayless graduated from Vanderbilt University, which he attended on the university’s prestigious Fred Russell-Grantland Rice Sportswriting Scholarship.