Randy Douthit is a producer, executive producer, and writer of the Emmy-nominated documentary series “The Wire,” which aired on HBO. Randy Douthit was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and grew up in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. He attended the University of Wisconsin–Madison where he majored in Communication Studies and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication Studies.
Douthit started his career as a writer at the New York Post, where he wrote features on hip hop culture. He also worked as a reporter for the “New York Daily News”. After that, he worked as a copy boy at the “New York Daily News” and later was hired by ABC News as an intern. Douthit’s first television assignment was for ABC’s “Nightline”. In 2005, Douthit joined “The New York Times”, where he worked as an intern for Editor-in-Chief Katharine Halligan from 2006 to 2007.
In 2007, Douthit left The New York Times to co-found The Wire Network with Joe Morgenstern and John Jurgensen, who had also worked together at ABC News under George Stephanopoulos. During this time period, Douthit became known for his work on HBO’s series “The Wire”. Douthit has also written several books including: “Tiny Beautiful Things: A Guide to Life in Every Age”, which was released in 2009; and “Coffee Break”, published by Little Brown & Company; both books were released around the same time that Michael Krasinski starred in his HBO series “Arrested Development” (2009).
In 2010 Randy Douthit joined ESPN as a sports reporter. In his first season, he was the lead anchor for the college basketball coverage, which was based in Los Angeles. He then moved on to play for ESPN3’s “College Basketball Live”. In 2011 he became an anchor at ESPN2’s “College GameDay”, then a lead anchor at ESPNU’s “Monday Night Football”.
In January 2013, Douthit joined Sports Illustrated as a writer and correspondent. In 2014, he was hired by ESPN as a senior correspondent, covering college basketball and women’s basketball. Douthit moved to the network in 2015 after ESPN hosted its annual New Year’s Eve party in New York City. He began writing about sports for “Sports Illustrated” in 2016 and has since written about his experiences with being a black man in America since leaving The New York Times. In May 2017, Douthit was named one of Sports Illustrated’s 50 most influential people by Sports Illustrated magazine.