Mary Byrne


Responsible for leading the Olympic Channel’s overall editorial strategy including the editorial planning and implementation for the platform’s digital, social media and news divisions.

Byrne brings more than 25 years of journalistic experience to the Olympic Channel. Most recently, she served as senior deputy editor for ESPN Digital & Print Media where she was responsible for the editorial operations for their Digital & Print’s daily coverage in addition to overseeing cross-platform collaboration and integration.

Prior to ESPN, Byrne served as sports managing editor at USA Today for three years which included oversight of their sports pop culture site “For The Win.” Previously, she served as deputy sports editor at The Associated Press for six years where she helped with the organization’s implementation across social media. Her experience also includes leading the on-site coverage of six different Olympic Games for multiple media outlets which include a stint as USA Today’s Olympics Editor.

Byrne has also held leadership positions with the Associated Press Sports Editors (APSE) and is an active member of the Association for Women in Sports Media (AWSM). A native of Michigan, USA, she is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Missouri-Columbia, where she earned bachelor’s degrees in journalism and Spanish.