Mary Byrne

Senior Deputy Editor, ESPN Digital & Print Media

Mary Byrne, a leading journalist with 25 years in the news business, joined ESPN Digital & Print Media as the new Senior Deputy Editor for NFL, NHL and motor sports coverage in May 2015. She oversees editorial operations for Digital & Print’s daily coverage of these sports, including strategic and tactical planning. She is also responsible for cross-platform collaboration and integration with television, radio, fantasy and other ESPN entities, reporting to executive editor Patricia Mays.

Byrne joined ESPN from USA TODAY where she served as sports managing editor for three years. She was just the fourth person to hold the role in USA TODAY’s more than 30-year history. Prior to that, she was the deputy sports editor for The Associated Press for six years.

Byrne also served previously as USA TODAY’s Olympics editor and has held positions with the Miami Herald, Charlotte Observer, Waterbury Republican-American and Oceanside Blade-Citizen during her career.

The first vice president of the Associated Press Sports Editors (APSE), Byrne is also an active member of the Association for Women in Sports Media (AWSM). A native of Michigan, she is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Missouri-Columbia, where she earned bachelor’s degrees in journalism and Spanish.