Jarrett Bell

Jarrett Bell

Alumni Board Member


NFL Columnist Jarrett Bell has covered pro football for USA TODAY Sports since 1993. He previously served as a contributor at ESPN (2013-2017), primarily featured as a panelist on the former “NFL Insiders” show and “SportsCenter.” In addition to winning dozens of in-house awards for USA TODAY, he won a first-place honor from the Associated Press Sports Editors in 2020 (projects) and has received multiple writing awards from the Pro Football Writers of America. He has been a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame selection committee since 1997 and was also tapped to participate on a blue-ribbon panel that selected the NFL’s Centennial Team. Among hundreds of radio and TV interviews, he has appeared on programming for CBS (Face The Nation), NBC (Nightly News), ESPN, CNN, Fox Sports 1, NFL Films, The NFL Network, CNBC, MSNBC, Headline News, Comcast, ESPN Radio, NBC Sports Radio, ABC Radio, Rogers Sportsnet, Sirius Satellite Radio, Pro Football Talk and WUSA-TV. He was prominently featured in two documentaries, “The Forgotten Four” and “Minister of Defense: The Reggie White Story.” And there was a cameo role in the feature film, “Invincible.” For nearly 20 years, he was featured as an “NFL Insider” for a segment on the Baltimore Ravens pregame show (2001-2018) on WBAL Radio. Bell previously covered the San Francisco 49ers for The Marin (County) Independent Journal (1990-1992) and was editor of The Dallas Cowboys Weekly (1989). He began a nine-year association with the Dallas Cowboys in 1981, a few weeks after graduating from Michigan State University with a bachelor's degree in Human Communication. He also served as sports director for Fort Worth-based KNOK-FM (1984-1985) and covered high school sports as a staff writer for The Dallas Times Herald (1981-1983). In college, he worked as a student assistant in the Michigan State University Sports Information Office, a news reporter for WVIC-AM and as a teaching assistant for the Department of Communication. He also studied abroad at The University of London. A Detroit native, he began in sports as a teenager at Olympia Stadium -- working as an equipment manager for the Detroit Jr. Wings and as an aide in the PR Department for the NHL's Detroit Red Wings. A father of two, he resides in Northern Virginia.

Related Work

NFL Columnist, USA Today Sports
B.A. 1981 Communication

Subject Matter Areas of Expertise
  • Journalism
  • Sports Media
  • NFL
  • Business of Sports.
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