Chris Mortensen bio

Chris Mortensen, an award-winning journalist, provides reports for ESPN's "Sunday NFL Countdown," "Monday NFL Countdown," "SportsCenter" and ESPN Radio.

He also has a Web page (, linked off, that launched in 2000.

Since first appearing on ESPN in 1991, he has provided reports for the network's Emmy Award-winning programs "NFL GameDay" and the "Outside The Lines" series. He also served as analyst for ESPN's coverage of the NFL draft in 1991 and 1992.

He previously covered the NFL for The National (1989-90), where he was one of the first writers hired by editor Frank Deford.

From 1983-90 Mortensen filed investigative reports and covered the Braves (1983-85), Falcons (1985-86) and the NFL (1987-89) for the Atlanta-Journal Constitution.

In 1987 he was honored with the George Polk Award for his reporting, and he remains the sole sportswriter to receive the award since Red Smith in 1951. Since starting his career with the South Bay (Calif.) Daily Breeze in 1969, Mortensen has received 18 awards in journalism and has been nominated for two Pulitzer Prizes. In 1978 he won the National Headliner Award for Investigative Reporting in all categories.

The author of the book "Playing for Keeps: A True Story About Football, Playoffs and the Mob," Mortensen attended El Camino College before serving two years in the Army. He was born Nov. 7, 1951.

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