Bleacher Report, a leading digital destination for team-specific sports content and real-time event coverage, announced today the hiring of veteran sports writer Mike Freeman. In his new role, Freeman will be a lead national voice for the site, providing in-depth coverage of the NFL as a reporter and columnist. He will also be Bleacher Report’s lead NFL video analyst offering weekly previews of upcoming games and insightful reaction to news around the league. Freeman officially joins Bleacher Report on Monday, Aug. 12, and he will be based in New York.
“Mike Freeman is a well-respected, veteran reporter who is a major addition to our editorial team as we look to build on our comprehensive coverage of the NFL and its teams and topics,” said Joe Yanarella, editor-in-chief of Bleacher Report. “His expertise and experience will enhance our NFL content and add to our growing lineup of leading voices.”
An industry veteran with more than two decades of experience, Freeman comes to Bleacher Report from CBSSports.com, where he was a national columnist and national NFL Insider covering the NFL since 2007. Prior to that, he worked for the New York Times, Washington Post and Boston Globe, among other media outlets. He is also the author of seven books including ESPN: The Uncensored History and most recently Undefeated: Inside the 1972 Miami Dolphins’ Perfect Season.
Freeman is one of only a handful of writers to win multiple awards in one year in the annual Associated Press Sports Editors writing contest. In 2005 Freeman won the Florida Sports Writer’s Association Shelby Strother Award in the state’s largest circulation category. The award is given to the year’s outstanding sports journalist.
“I consider this one of the great opportunities of my career,” said Freeman. “Bleacher Report is a great destination for sports fans which has quickly transformed how sports content is consumed and it’s an honor to join the site.”
About Bleacher Report
Bleacher Report, a division of Turner Sports, is the leading digital destination for team-specific sports content and real-time event coverage, and is one of the fastest-growing digital properties in the U.S. The company was founded in 2007 by four die-hard sports fans as a platform through which passionate writers could have their voices heard, and at which sports fans could find all relevant content for their favorite teams in a single place. Today its editorial and video teams, led by a growing roster of lead writers and premier contributors, create hundreds of pieces of content per day to provide fans with the most comprehensive experience for their favorite teams and topics across all major sports. Bleacher Report also provides an unmatched fan experience on mobile devices through Team Stream™, the top-rated, industry-leading tablet and smartphone app, and via the Bleacher Report daily sport- and team-specific email newsletters.