ESPN’s NFL Nation 10th season gears up with new reporters and changing assignments for veterans


ESPNThe 10th season of NFL Nation will see the arrival of new reporters and changing assignments for veterans as the established group prepares for the 2022 NFL season. The NFL’s original 32 cities will once again be covered with new reporters and several current reporters taking on new roles.

What is happening:

  • As ESPN’s NFL Nation prepares to cover all 32 teams for the 2022 NFL season, fans will see two new reporters, writers covering different teams, and plenty of returning crew members. This will be the 10th consecutive season that NFL Nation reporters will be stationed in all markets.
  • Joining the ranks of NFL Nation for the upcoming season are DJ Bien-Aime, covering the Houston Texans, and Stephen Holder, the Indianapolis Colts. Bien-Aime, who began his career as a high school and college sportswriter in Florida, most recently served as the New York Jets’ editor for the New York Daily News. Holder, an NFL reporter for nearly 18 years, has spent the past nine years covering the Colts for the Indianapolis Star and The Athletic.
  • Four current NFL Nation reporters have new beats for the upcoming season. Sarah Barshop, who previously covered the Houston Texans, will move to the Los Angeles Rams. Lindsey Thiry, who has spent the past six seasons covering the Rams, will cover the Los Angeles Chargers. After spending five seasons covering for the Vikings, Courtney Cronin will return to her home state of Illinois to cover for the Chicago Bears. Kevin Seifert will continue to cover the wider football ecosystem while adding the Vikings.
  • Established prior to the 2013 NFL season and hosted on ESPN.com, NFL Nation is the point of reference for up-to-date information on all 32 teams. NFL Nation reporters provide news and analysis throughout the year on ESPN.com, ESPN TV shows, ESPN Radio, ESPN+ and social media platforms.
  • As one of NFL Nation’s newest members, DJ Bien-Aime will move to the AFC South to cover for the Houston Texans. Prior to joining ESPN, Bien-Aime reported on some of the Jets’ most high-profile players and coaches, while serving as Jets beats editor for the New York Daily News. Bien-Aime began his career covering high school and NCAA Division II sports in St. Augustine, Florida for the St. Augustine Record as a corporate sports reporter. A native of Miami, Bien-Aime was a track scholarship athlete at the University of Louisville after spending three years in college. He earned a master’s degree in journalism from Columbia University. Bien-Aime is a member of the Pro Football Writers Association (PFWA).
  • Stephen Holder will continue to work in the Indianapolis market, where he has covered the Colts since 2013, becoming the NFL Nation Indianapolis Colts’ beat writer. Holder has covered the NFL since 2005, most recently as Senior NFL Writer at The Athletic. Prior to The Athletic, Holder worked at the Indianapolis Star, the Tampa Bay Times and the Miami Herald, covering events ranging from high school sports and college football to seven Super Bowls and documenting the careers of sports personalities from Pat Riley to Andrew Luck. A native of Miami, Holder earned a degree in journalism and political science from the University of Miami. Holder is the president of the Indianapolis chapter of the Pro Football Writers Association (PFWA).
  • Sarah Barshop will cover the defending Super Bowl champion Los Angeles Rams. Barshop previously covered the Houston Texans and Green Bay Packers. Barshop is a graduate of Marquette University.
  • After five seasons covering the Minnesota Vikings, Courtney Cronin will remain in the NFC North covering the Chicago Bears. Cronin will continue to appear on ESPN’s flagship radio and television shows, including SportsCenter and Around the Horn. A native of Glenview, Illinois, Cronin graduated in journalism and Spanish from Indiana University.
  • Kevin Seifert will add to his duties covering the Minnesota Vikings for the 2022 season. A graduate of the University of Virginia, Seifert will continue to report on officiating, rules, player health and alternate leagues, among other areas . He will also appear regularly on KFAN 100.3 the Twin Cities.
  • After spending six seasons covering the Los Angeles Rams, Lindsey Thiry will travel across town to take on the role of screenwriter for the Los Angeles Chargers. A native of Seattle, Thiry previously worked for the Los Angeles Times, covering the Rams, Dodgers, Lakers, USC and UCLA. Thiry is a graduate of the University of Washington where she was a member of the Huskies women’s volleyball team that won a national title in 2005.
  • In addition to NFL Nation, ESPN+ continues to be a hub for year-round NFL editorial content produced by ESPN analysts and Insiders as well as NFL Nation reporters from time to time. Prior to the start of training camp, NFL content available exclusively on ESPN+ includes:
    • Jeremy Fowler’s 11-part series ranking the top 10 players at each position is available now, with the latest position group ranking available on July 15. Fowler spoke to more than 50 NFL executives, coaches, scouts and players and had them rank the top 10 players at 11 different positions, giving him a cumulative list.
    • Bill Barnwell’s list of all possible MVP candidates for the 2022 season will be released on July 14, including the favorites to the furthest outliers and longshots.
    • ESPN+’s annual NFL Future Power Rankings will launch on July 20. Jeremy Fowler, Field Yates, Louis Riddick and Seth Walder have teamed up to rank the 32 teams based on expectations in several areas over the next three years.

What they say :

  • Heather Burns, ESPN NFL Associate Editor“We are delighted to welcome DJ and Stephen, two experienced NFL journalists, to the fold. They will continue that work at ESPN, breaking breaking news and delivering compelling storytelling across our platforms. They will add to the depth and breadth of our already strong NFL reporting team. We’re proud of what we’ve built with our NFL Nation staff, who do an amazing job providing fans with information about their favorite teams, players, and the entire league throughout the year.

The 2022 NFL Nation Assignments:

  • AFC North
    • Ben Baby (@Ben_Baby), Bengals
    • Jamison Hensley, (@jamisonhensley), crows
    • Brooke Pryor (@bepryor), Steelers
    • Jake Trotter (@Jake_Trotter), Browns
  • AFC South
    • DJ Bien-Aime (@djbienaime), Texans
    • Turron Davenport (@TDavenport_NFL), Titans
    • Mike DiRocco (@ESPNdirocco), Jaguars
    • Stephen Holder (@HolderStephen), Foals
  • AFC East
    • Rich Cimini (@RichCimini), Jets
    • Alaina Getzenberg (@agetzenberg), Bills
    • Mike Reiss (@MikeReiss), Patriots
    • Marcel Louis-Jacques (@Marcel_LJ), Dolphins
  • AFC West
    • Paul Gutierrez (@PGutierrezESPN), Raiders
    • Jeff Legwold (@Jeff_Legwold), Broncos
    • Lindsey Thiry (@LindseyThiry), Chargers
    • Adam Teicher (@adamteicher), chefs
  • NFC North
    • Kevin Seifert (@SeifertESPN), Vikings
    • Rob Demosky (@RobDemovsky), packers
    • Courtney Cronin (@CourtneyRCronin), Bear
    • Eric Woodyard (@E_Woodyard), Lions
  • NFC South
    • Jenna Laine (@JennaLaineESPN), Buccaneers
    • David Newton (@DNewtonepn), Panthers
    • Michael Rothstein (@mikerothstein), Falcons
    • Mike Triplett (@MikeTriplett), Saints
  • NFC East
    • Todd Archer (@toddarcher), Cowboys
    • John Keim (@john_keim), commanders
    • Tim McManus (@Tim_McManus), Eagles
    • Jordan Raanan (@JordanRaanan), Giants
  • NFC West
    • Brady Henderson (@BradyHenderson), Seahawks
    • Sarah Barshop (@sarahbarshop), Aries
    • Nick Wagoner (@nwagoner), 49ers
    • Josh Weinfuss (@joshweinfuss), Cardinals
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