ESPN's Grantland Names Chris Connelly Interim Editor-in-Chief

Chris Connelly

The MTV News alum, who currently works as a reporter for ESPN and ABC News contributor, is taking over for Bill Simmons in running the sports and pop culture site.

Chris Connelly is taking over for Bill Simmons as editor-in-chief of ESPN's sports and pop culture site Grantland on an interim basis, it was announced Wednesday.

The MTV News alum currently works as a reporter for ESPN and ABC News contributor. Connelly has also contributed to Grantland, including co-hosting its Oscar preview coverage along with Simmons and Wesley Morris.

"We are thrilled to have a journalist of Chris’ caliber join us on an interim basis as we go forward and build on the smart, fun, adventurous, creative, unexpected and vital spirit of Grantland," ESPN evp, global strategy and original content, Marie Donoghue said in a statement. "Chris has been an award-winning journalist and storyteller in sports, music and pop culture for over three decades, and as a longtime contributor at Grantland, he appreciates the incredible team we have assembled.”

Connelly added: “Bill Simmons had the vision to create Grantland, and his leadership, ideas, and inspiration made it singularly great. I’m looking forward to helping the writers, editors, and producers on this amazingly talented staff create more of the outstanding work for which they’ve rightly become known.”

ESPN announced earlier this month that it decided not to renew Simmons' contract, with president John Skipper adding that the organization remained committed to Grantland.

Grantland recorded its best traffic ever in April, ESPN noted in its announcement of Connelly's promotion.

Connelly will continue to contribute stories and reporting to ESPN and ABC News.