Chad Millman is the editor-in-chief of ESPN.com and ESPN The Magazine, a position he assumed in March 2014. Millman has been editor-in-chief of The Magazine since 2011. He was previously senior deputy editor and held a number of editing positions at The Magazine after arriving as an associate editor prior in April 1998. He started his career as a reporter for Sports Illustrated and correspondent at CNNSI.
Millman is charged with accelerating ESPN’s storytelling in a platform-agnostic manner, further integrating an efficient digital and print media approach that serves fans with news, commentary, analysis and enterprise content. Millman also works with his team to create integration opportunities with TV and audio programming.
Millman reports to Patrick Stiegman, Vice President & Editorial Director, ESPN Digital & Print Media. As editor-in-chief of The Magazine Millman succeeds Gary Belsky (March 2008 to June 2011), Gary Hoenig (April 2003 to March 2008, The Magazine’s current general manager), and John Papanek (March 1998 to April 2003).
The magazine continues to succeed in a difficult media landscape for print in part because its editors constantly reconceive the basic idea of a sports magazine as it extends beyond print and onto the web, tablet and mobile. Each biweekly issue explores a sport or theme in extraordinary depth through stunning photography, cutting-edge storytelling, in-depth reporting and exciting graphics.
Millman created the gambling beat for ESPN and contributes weekly podcasts and columns, in addition to making regular TV appearances to discuss the culture of sports betting. He has also written or co-authored seven books. His most recent works include the 2010 national best-sellers The Ones Who Hit the Hardest, about the blood feud between the 1970s Steelers and Cowboys, written with Shawn Coyne, and the New York Times best-seller They Call Me Baba Booey, with Gary Dell’Abate. In 2008, he penned with Chuck Liddell Iceman: My Fighting Life, which was also a Times best-seller. In 1998, he left the magazine to write The Odds, about a trio of Vegas bookmakers and wiseguys, and to search for lucrative opportunities during the height of the Internet boom. He returned to the magazine as a contributing editor inSeptember 2001.
After graduating from Indiana University in 1993, the Highland Park, Ill., native moved to Manhattan and quickly found work, first as a reporter for Sports Illustrated and then as a correspondent at CNNSI. During this five-year span before joining ESPN, Millman recalls several memorable moments: being run over by the Green Bay Packers’ Dorsey Levens while covering Super Bowl XXXI from the sideline, watching a woman take on the men on the pro rodeo circuit and accidentally wandering into the aftermath of the bombing at the Atlanta Olympics.