Alison Overholt

VP, Storytelling & Special Projects
ESPN

Alison Overholt is vice president, storytelling & special projects. In this hybrid role, she is responsible for developing comprehensive, multiplatform content strategies for espnW and for driving collaborative, innovative approaches to storytelling in ESPN The Magazine, with oversight of producing ESPN’s multiplatform enterprise content. Overholt is the first female editor-in-chief of a national, general-interest sports magazine. In December 2017, she added oversight of all of ESPN.com’s long-form content, and in 2018, she became the lead ESPN executive for The ESPYS.

In 2018, Overholt was named a Top Woman in Digital by Cynopsis in the “Game Changers” category. She was also named one of AdWeek’s Most Powerful Women in Sports in consecutive years (2017 and 2016).

Overholt began her career as a writer and editor at Fast Company magazine and her writing has appeared in Fortune, The Wall Street Journal, O: The Oprah Magazine, Working Mother, Cosmopolitan, Inc., Sports Illustrated: Women and Fitness. Born in New York State, Overholt spent her childhood in Hong Kong. She is a former high school basketball player and an avid runner, having finished the Honolulu Marathon in 2003 and the New York City Marathon in 2013, with several half marathons between and since. She graduated with honors from Harvard University with an A.B. in government.