Award-winning journalist Chris Jones will join ESPN The Magazine as its new “Backpage” columnist beginning with the issue that hits newsstands November 16. Jones, who joins ESPN from Esquire and has contributed to ESPN The Magazine in the past, will develop and manage all aspects of content for the last page of each issue. He will report directly to editor-in-chief Chad Millman.
Recognized as one of the most decorated magazine writers of his generation, with his most recent post as writer-at-large for Esquire, Jones’ work has appeared in “Best American Magazine Writing” and garnered him two National Magazine Awards – one for his piece called “Home” about three astronauts stranded in the space station after the space shuttle Columbia explosion, and another for “The Things That Carried Him” about the return of a soldier’s body from Iraq. Jones initially joined Esquire as a contributing editor and sports columnist, and became writer-at-large when he won his National Magazine Award for Feature Writing for “Home,” which was later the basis for his first book, “Too Far From Home.”
Having worked in the past as a contributor for ESPN The Magazine, Jones’ work was included in the 2011 “Best American Sports Writing,” most recently for his story about free diver Herbert Nitsch, entitled “Breathless.” Jones has also written for publications including ESPN’s Grantland and The National Post, and served as the 2009 T. Anthony Pollner Distinguished Professor at his alma mater, the University of Montana – School of Journalism.
“Having worked with Chris over the years I know how much time and care he puts into every word he writes,” said Millman. “His stories are as eloquent and richly detailed as any being written today, about anything. Plus, he can grow a grizzly beard when he puts his mind to it. I admire that and look forward to having him join our team.”
Jones resides in Port Hope, Ontario.