Sports Illustrated Adds Three New Hires To Team

Charlotte Wilder, Shemar Woods and Emma Baccellieri join the award-winning Sports Illustrated staff. SI’s newest team members further strengthen the brand as it continues its history of storytelling and journalism, while creating material that connects with a new and wider audience. Baccellieri, Wilder and Wooww will work on a cross-platform basis with the editorial, digital and programming teams.  

“We’re thrilled to add three of the brightest, most creative young journalists in the industry,” says Chris Stone, editor- in-chief for Sports Illustrated at Meredith Corporation. “Charlotte, Shemar and Emma each have sharp, unique voices, which will play beautifully across all our platforms, whether that’s, the magazine or SI TV.”

Wilder joins Sports Illustrated as a senior writer and video host. She will take on a number of roles with Sports Illustrated TV (SI TV), ranging from modular studio-based programming to long-form documentary. In the magazine, on, and as the host of a new podcast, Wilder will write and opine on the intersection of sports and the broader culture. It is a space she built to much critical acclaim most recently at Vox/SB Nation, and before that at USA Today Sports and Charlotte’s work has also appeared in GQ, Racked, Thrillist, Complex, Boston Magazine, Down East Magazine and Departures. She is a regular guest on NPR, where she has also guest-hosted “It’s Only a Game.”

Woods arrives at Sports Illustrated as a senior editor, leading the nights-and-weekends desk, responsible for the editorial oversight and leadership of the night staff and its content. A 2011 graduate of Hampton (Va.) University, Woods has spent the past two years at as a homepage editor, supervising the nightly content production for all 30 team sites. He previously worked for the New York Daily News, ESPN New York and ESPN (NOW). Woods, who resides in Harlem, interned at the Washington Post and is an alumnus of the Sports Journalism Institute.

Baccellieri comes to Sports Illustrated from Deadspin, where she distinguished herself as a wry chronicler of the absurd in the sports world since 2016. She went spelunking in MLB’s collective bargaining agreement for obscure provisions relating to clubhouse carpet cleanliness; she discovered the business behind the football-field-sized flags deployed during the anthem; she found the darkness in the Scripps National Spelling Bee. She has written most prolifically about baseball, on topics from the future of Statcast to the MLBPA’s shortcomings. She will be writing regularly on baseball at SI.

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