Jim Trotter

Veteran NFL reporter Jim Trotter joined ESPN in May 2014. His multi-platform role includes television appearances on Sunday NFL Countdown, NFL Insiders, SportsCenter and other programs, as well as writing for ESPN.com and ESPN The Magazine.

On NFL Insiders, Trotter appears on the show alongside former front office executives and other industry-leading pro football reporters like Adam Schefter and Chris Mortensen. During the NFL season, Trotter contributes features and reports for ESPN’s Sunday NFL Countdown pregame show. His work on ESPN’s digital and magazine platforms includes both short and long-format pieces.

Trotter previously worked at Sports Illustrated for six and half years as a senior writer (2007-14). Some of his most memorable stories included a 2012 piece on the Raiders following the death of longtime patriarch Al Davis; a 2007 story on the death of Sean Taylor; and a critical examination of San Diego’s Qualcomm Stadium in 2013. Prior to SI, Trotter spent nearly 18 years at the San Diego Union-Tribune, where he worked his way from preps reporter to lead NFL writer, including nine years covering the Chargers.

Trotter, who resides in San Diego, has appeared on a variety of national and local television and radio programs through the years, and even worked as an NFL contributor on ESPN’s First Take in the mid 2000’s. He also recently completed his first book, a biography of Junior Seau.

Trotter is a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame selection committee, as well as the Professional Football Writers of America (PFWA) and the San Diego chapter of the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ). A native of San Francisco, Trotter graduated from Howard University in Washington, D.C. in 1986 with a degree in broadcast journalism.