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Ryan McGeeRyan McGee

Senior Writer, ESPN the Magazine

A senior writer for ESPN The Magazine, McGee is a frequent contributor to, Insider, NASCAR Now, SportsCenter and ESPNU. He is also the author of The Road To Omaha: Hits, Hopes and History at the College World Series and ESPN Ultimate NASCAR: 100 Defining Moments in Stock Car Racing History. His primary beats are motorsports and college football, though he has also written features on the NFL, NBA, MLB, UFC, and a variety of college sports. Among his most recent features for ESPN The Magazine were the September 30 cover story on Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton and the August 19 profile of South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney. McGee has also been prominently featured in the SEC Storied documentary series, including last fall’s The Book of Manning.

McGee started with ESPN in 1994, working on the studio production staff. He was part of the inaugural staff of the nightly motorsports show RPM2Night, during which time he began contributing to ESPN The Magazine. From 2001-03, he produced Totally NASCAR on FOX Sports Net and for five years served as editor-in-chief at NASCAR Media Group, winning two Sports Emmys and penning the script for the documentary film Dale, the only authorized biography of Dale Earnhardt, narrated by Paul Newman. In 2010 and 2012 he was named the National Motorsports Press Association’s Writer of the Year. McGee is also a member of the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA) and National Collegiate Baseball Writers (NCBWA).

McGee, a Rockingham, NC native, now lives in Charlotte with his wife Erica (also UTK, Class of ’93) and daughter Tara.

Gracie BlackburnGracie Blackburn

ESPN Manager, College Networks

Gracie Blackburn is the Manager for College Networks within ESPN’s communications department. Her responsibilities include the implementation of communication strategies for the 2014 launch of the SEC Network and all related publicity for ESPN college networks.

She joined ESPN in 2011, originally managing ESPNU, ESPN’s NCAA Championship coverage, high school content and additional college sports airing across ESPN networks. Prior to her work at the network she worked for Coyne PR in New York City.

Gracie graduated from the University of Tennessee in 2008 with a public relations degree and a business minor.