Marty Smith is a bureau reporter based in Charlotte, N.C., reporting on a variety of sports including NASCAR, pro and college football and basketball and more for ESPN’s news and information platforms including SportsCenter. He also is a writer for ESPN.com. Smith joined ESPN in late 2006.
In addition to his reporting and writing, Smith also is co-host of the popular Marty and McGee program on ESPN Radio. Smith and co-host Ryan McGee of ESPN the Magazine discuss NASCAR and other topics with a wide variety of guests ranging from NASCAR drivers to country music artists to stars from other sports.
From 2007-2014, Smith was ESPN’s lead NASCAR reporter for both SportsCenter and the former NASCAR Now program. In addition to reporting for SportsCenter and writing news and features for ESPN.com, Smith also contributed to ESPN’s NASCAR event television coverage, which ended at the conclusion of the 2014 season, with numerous unique features and extensive, in-depth and revealing interviews with nearly every top driver in the sport.
Prior to joining ESPN, Smith was a senior writer for NASCAR.com, an analyst and host on the former SPEED Channel and a NASCAR analyst on Fox Sports Net. A Radford University graduate, Smith covered sports for daily newspapers in Roanoke and Lynchburg, Va., before joining NASCAR.com.
A senior writer for ESPN the Magazine, Ryan McGee is a regular contributor to ESPN.com,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.
In addition to his reporting and writing, McGee also is co-host of the popular “Marty and McGee” program that airs on ESPN Radio on Saturday afternoons. McGee and co-host Marty Smith, ESPN bureau reporter, discuss NASCAR and other topics with a wide variety of guests ranging from NASCAR drivers to country music artists to stars from other sports.
He started with ESPN in 1994 working on the production staff of the show rpm2night, during which time he began contributing to the magazine. From 2001-03, he produced Totally NASCARon 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. He has been named National Motorsports Press Association’s Writer of the Year five times. McGee is also a member of the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA) and National Collegiate Baseball Writers (NCBWA).