Arash Markazi

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Arash Markazi
Born (1980-03-04) March 4, 1980 (age 40)
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, U.S.
EducationPrint journalism degree from University of Southern California
Annenberg School for Communication
Occupationsports journalist

Arash Markazi (born March 4, 1980) is an American sports journalist and sports media personality who hosts The Arash Markazi Show on The Mightier 1090. The show is also a daily podcast on Spotify


Arash Markazi attended Arizona State University and later University of Southern California. He wrote a regular column for the Daily Trojan and also had work published in several magazines and newspapers outside of USC, including SLAM Magazine, XXL, King magazine, Vibe, Playboy, the Los Angeles Times, Los Angeles Daily News and Associated Press.[1] He graduated with a degree in Print Journalism from the USC Annenberg School for Communication in 2004.[2]

Markazi wrote for Sports Illustrated on Campus, appearing on the cover of the March 31, 2005 issue,[3] and began writing a weekly column for Sports Illustrated’s website called "The Hot Read." Markazi's intimate and quirky portraits of Wayne Gretzky, Ronaldo, Matt Leinart and Reggie Bush caused the Los Angeles Times to name him one of the Faces to Watch in 2006[4]

He is a two-time cancer survivor and a cancer advocate.[5] While Markazi underwent cancer treatment in 2005, comedian Jay Mohr filled in for him at[6]

Markazi has been involved in several stories which went viral. In 2005, he tracked down Jenn Sterger, a Florida State student who had gained notoriety after she was briefly shown on television during the Florida State-Miami football game and helped her write a first-person story about her experience for [7] She would later become a regular contributor to the site until she left in 2008 to become a "Gameday Host" for the New York Jets.

While Andrew Bynum was rehabbing his right knee, Markazi wrote a story about Bynum partying at the Playboy Mansion on March 29, 2009 while the Los Angeles Lakers played the Atlanta Hawks in a game they would lose 86–76. The story was accompanied by a photo of Bynum carrying a Playboy Playmate on his shoulders at the mansion which was picked up nationally.[8]

Markazi gained notoriety on July 28, 2010 when he wrote an article for Los Angeles detailing decadent partying by LeBron James in Las Vegas, which was pulled after only a brief period on-line.[9] The article was also slated to be discussed on-air, but was also mysteriously pulled before airing.[10] According to, the article was pulled as "The story should have never been published. The draft was inadvertently put on the server before going through the usual editorial process. We are in the midst of looking into the matter." This caused several other reputable news organizations to question ESPN's journalistic integrity.[11] Markazi was never suspended or disciplined for the incident.[12]

When Markazi took Sports Illustrated swimsuit models Damaris Lewis and Kate Upton to the Los Angeles Clippers-Oklahoma City Thunder game on April 2, 2011, he helped catapult Upton's popularity when he recorded her doing The Dougie and posted it on his Twitter. The video quickly went viral, garnering over 1 million views.[13]

Markazi resigned [14]from the Los Angeles Times on August 14, 2020,[15] and began hosting The Arash Markazi Show on October 7, 2020 and launched The Morning Column, a website and newsletter focusing on Los Angeles sports.


  1. ^ "Arash Markazi" in the Archive, Los Angeles Times.
  2. ^ Annenberg Alumni, Annenberg School for Communication, October 4, 2007
  3. ^ Amazon, [1] Amazon, 31 March 2005
  4. ^ Steven Barrie-Anthony, [2], Los Angeles Times, December 25, 2007
  5. ^ Arash Markazi, An open letter to Jon Lester,, September 6, 2006
  6. ^
  7. ^ Zach,[3] The Big Picture, 15 March 2007
  8. ^ Mark Heisler, [4], Los Angeles Times, 5 April 2009
  9. ^ Tommy Craggs, [5] Deadspin, 28 July 2010
  10. ^ Scott, [6], WFNY, 28 July 2010
  11. ^ Will Leitch, [7], New York Magazine, 29 July 2010
  12. ^ Jason McIntyre, [8] The Big Lead, 1 August 2010
  13. ^ Jason McIntyre, [9] The Big Lead, 3 April 2011
  14. ^ "Can Arash Markazi return to the LA Times after a coworker-initiated campaign to oust him?". Awful Announcing. 2020-07-17. Retrieved 2020-08-21.
  15. ^ "Arash Markazi announces resignation from the LA Times after campaign for his ouster". Awful Announcing. 2020-08-15. Retrieved 2020-08-21.

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