After realizing early on that his dream to play for the Texas Rangers wasn’t going to become a reality, Bryan Curtis dove headfirst into journalism at a very young age, first fixing his eyes on the industry in grade school.
Since then, he’s written for many different organizations and covered myriad beats and topics, proving to be a versatile member of the journalism landscape.
The Fort Worth, Texas native attended Paschal High School, which is also home to legendary writers Dan Jenkins and Bud Shrake, both Sports Illustrated icons.
A graduate of the University of Texas, Curtis got his start as a reporter-researcher in 2000, helping the Washington, D.C. publication, Slate, cover the 2000 presidential election.
In his mind, being a Texan helped him land that job, as he felt he was hired to assist in telling the story of fellow Texas statesman George W. Bush. He originally wanted to be a sportswriter, but found he was fond of the political beat, too.
Curtis’ major breakthrough came after a five-year stint at Slate, when he was tabbed to be the media writer for Play, a quarterly sports magazine of the prestigious New York Times. There, he wrote pieces highlighting key figures and trends in the same profession he was trying to find his own place in.
In what would turn out to be a fortunate turn of events, Bill Simmons was the topic of one of his profiles. The two started exchanging emails every so often, and Curtis eventually parlayed that connection into a job at Grantland, Simmons’ unique and popular ESPN site.
With Grantland, Curtis became a go-to voice on sports, politics, movie reviews and, like before, the media. A look back at his archives show there was hardly anything he couldn’t knowledgably write about. He was one of many talented writers at Grantland, and was a big factor in making it a popular site.
When Grantland was shut down in 2015 – much to the chagrin of its devoted readers – Curtis stuck with Simmons, and was named editor-at-large at Simmons’ new website, The Ringer, in February 2016.
He’s been there ever since, hoping to build the site up to national prominence, and says he’s “incredibly happy” while trying to do so.