Ivan Maisel is a senior writer for ESPN.com. In addition to covering college football for the site, he serves as the co- host of the ESPNU College Football Podcasts with Matt Barrie. The podcasts are posted daily during the season, and weekly the rest of the year. Maisel also contributes to many other ESPN platforms.
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 columnist for The Sporting News. His 27 seasons on the national college football beat is the longest uninterrupted tenure of any writer in the country.
Maisel has been honored four times for Best Story by the Football Writers Association of America, most recently in 2013 for an ESPN.com game story about Baylor’s 52-24 upset of No. 1 Kansas State last season. He also shared an award for the Best Enterprise Story from the Associated Press Sports Editors while at Newsday. He served as president of the Football Writers Association of America in 1995. He is also a member of the Honors Court, which selects the members of the College Football Hall of Fame for the National Football Foundation.
Maisel is the author of two books about college football. He earned a bachelor’s degree in American Studies from Stanford University and is a graduate of Murphy High in Mobile, Ala. He and his wife Meg Murray have three children: Sarah, 21; Max, 19, and Elizabeth, 16.