The Story of Reporter Chris Mortensen, From Birth to End

1951: Chris Mortensen, born on November 7 in Torrance, California.

1969: Mortensen begins his journalism career at the South Bay Daily Breeze.

1978: Wins the National Headliner Award for investigative reporting.

1983-1990: Works for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, covering the Falcons, Braves, and NFL.

1987: Receives the George Polk Award for reporting.

1989-1990: Joins The National as one of its first writers.

1990: Becomes a consultant with CBS Sports' "NFL Today."

1991: Mortensen joins ESPN and begins covering the NFL.

2016: Diagnosed with Stage 4 throat cancer.

2023: Mortensen steps away from ESPN to focus on health and family.

2024: Mortensen passes away at the age of 72.

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