Paul Fichtenbaum was named Managing Editor of SI.com in January 2004. He oversees the editorial direction and staff for SPORTS ILLUSTRATED’s 24/7 news website, which posts more than 200 original stories each week in addition to up-to-the-minute scores, breaking news, broadband video, and statistics and analysis of domestic and international sports. He also oversees the editorial direction of SI.com’s Extra Mustard – the widely-read offbeat website where pop culture meets sports culture – as well as SIKids.com, Sports Illustrated Kids’ home on the web, and Golf.com, a site combining the assets of SI’s Golf Plus, Golf Magazine and Golfonline.com.
Under his leadership, SI.com has won the Magazine Publisher of America’s Website of the Year award in the sports and entertainment category for the past four years (2006-2009), along with Media Industry Newsletter’s top honor for editorial excellence at the 2008 and 2009 Best of the Web Awards. In 2005 and 2006, SI.com was honored by Editor & Publisher/Mediaweek with an EPpy Award for best sports website and was named one of Adweek’s five sites to watch in 2007.
Previously, Fichtenbaum – who joined SI in 1989 – was a senior editor for the magazine and managed several beats over the years, including the NHL, Major League Baseball, the NBA, college football, tennis and soccer. His outstanding body of work includes SI’s 2002 cover story, “Death of a Fan,” which addressed the issue of errant pucks and protective netting in hockey arenas, as well as the 1998 story, “Hockey’s Little Helpers,” which exposed how Sudafed is the legal drug choice for many NHL players. In both 2000 and 2001, The Hockey News listed him as one of the “Top 100 Influential Figures in Hockey.”
A graduate of Brooklyn College, with a B.A. in journalism, he lives in Westchester, NY, with his wife and two children.