Marissa Payne wrote for The Washington Post's "Early Lead,” a fast-breaking sports blog, until November 2017, when she redirected her attention to raising two small children. While at the Post, Marissa helped spearhead the paper’s coverage of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil and was instrumental in enhancing the paper’s coverage of high-profile UFC and WWE events. Marissa's articles routinely landed on the Post's most-read list, leading her to become one of the most-read reporters in the Post's sports section.
Marissa's expertise goes beyond sports. Before joining the sports desk, Marissa worked as a news editor at Washington Post Express, where she covered local happenings and pop culture. She also holds a B.A. in Russian language and literature from Grinnell College and an M.A. in international relations and journalism from Boston University.
Marissa has appeared as a talking head on various television stations, including News Channel 8, MSNBC, CBS, HuffPost Live, Sweden's SVT, Sky News and more. She's also talked about her work on NPR and other local and national radio outlets.