Mike Ehrlich sports journalism and multimedia storytelling

10 years later, J-Mac still inspires
10 years later, J-Mac still inspires

Ten years ago, a high school basketball manager with autism in Rochester, NY became an instant celebrity when he scored 20 points in four magical minutes. Jason McElwain – a coach and marathon runner now – continues to push the boundaries of expectation.

A life-changing run
A life-changing run

Josia Thugwane grew up with nothing in apartheid South Africa. But when he won the marathon at the 1996 Olympic Games, Thugwane became the first black South African to win an individual gold medal — and he altered the course of his family’s lives.

What do you see in Cam Newton?
What do you see in Cam Newton?

Is Cam Newton a charismatic star and role model, or a villainous character with a fake smile and a sketchy background? When it comes to perception, Newton must play by a different set of rules. Tim Keown reports.

The impact of brain research on contact sports
The impact of brain research on contact sports

The NFL has acknowledged for the first time that there is a relationship between football and CTE. And the science says that contact sports at any level may have long-lasting effects on athletes.

Tackling the Seven Summits
Tackling the Seven Summits

Seven young women from Nepal overcome societal expectations, gender inequalities and the pure physical challenge of climbing the highest mountain on each continent.

Johnny Drama: A look back at Manziel’s path
Johnny Drama: A look back at Manziel's path

During the last month and a half, Johnny Manziel faced a crucial stretch in his efforts to become a starting quarterback for next season, and he handled it with mixed results on and off the field. Take a look back at all of the drama.

A prospect on the border
A prospect on the border

Octavio Arroyo was a baseball star in San Diego and a prospect for the MLB draft. However, he was born in Mexico and lacked the proper documentation to attend a U.S. high school, and when he was barred from the country, his dreams were placed in jeopardy.

The evolution of Braxton Miller
The evolution of Braxton Miller

Before last season, Braxton Miller was the starting QB for Ohio State and a Heisman candidate. But after he injured his shoulder and fell to third string, he switched to WR. Now he’s having a breakout season at a second position for the Buckeyes.

Hurricane Katrina: Ten years later
Hurricane Katrina: Ten years later

I went to New Orleans as part of a cross-platform project for ESPN on the 10-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. I produced six videos for this project, including these three.

Riding With Matt Stainbrook
Riding With Matt Stainbrook

If you’re going to use Uber in and around Cincinnati, take a good look at the driver. It might just be Xavier’s 6-foot-10, admittedly quirky second-leading scorer, Matt Stainbrook. We decided to go along for the ride.

Baby animals in Hopkins’ humongous hands
Baby animals in Hopkins' humongous hands

Texans wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins is known for having among the biggest and best hands in the NFL. But what happens when he exchanges a football for baby animals?

The Harbaugh vs. Meyer era begins
The Harbaugh vs. Meyer era begins

The rivalry between Ohio State and Michigan is rich in history and filled with legendary figures. Now Jim Harbaugh joins Urban Meyer on the sidelines to usher in the next chapter of the storied battle. ESPN’s Ryan McGee reports.

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Mike Ehrlich is a Producer at ESPN in Bristol, Conn. He spent three years as the college basketball video producer for ESPN.com, and he now produces enterprise and feature stories across all sports.

He has a bachelor's degree in multimedia journalism from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he graduated with distinction in 2010. While there, he worked on award-winning projects during a News 21 fellowship and on project trips to the Galapagos Islands and Asheville, N.C. He also covered sports, including a national championship basketball team, for the Daily Tar Heel. Mike grew up outside of Philadelphia.