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Vaughn McClure serves as the Atlanta Falcons reporter for NFL Nation, having joined ESPN in September 2013. In this role, he contributes articles to ESPN.com and makes appearances on ESPN television and radio programs, including popular shows like SportsCenter and NFL Live.
McClure’s work includes providing breaking news, statistical analysis, in-depth features, and video updates related to the Atlanta Falcons. His tenure on the beat has covered notable events, including the Falcons’ appearance in Super Bowl LI in 2017, as well as significant news stories such as the coaching change from Mike Smith to Dan Quinn. He has also covered the NFL’s assessment of penalties against the Falcons for piping crowd noise into their own stadium.
Before his time with ESPN, Vaughn McClure spent six years at the Chicago Tribune, primarily serving as the Chicago Bears beat writer from 2008 to 2013. During this period, he reported on important events such as the departure of legendary linebacker Brian Urlacher. Additionally, he assisted with NBA coverage of the Chicago Bulls during their postseason appearances.
Hailing from Chicago, McClure graduated from Northern Illinois University with a degree in journalism. He began his career as a general assignment reporter at the DeKalb Daily Chronicle, covering various beats such as police, fire, courts, park district, and school board. His professional journey also took him through positions at the South Bend Tribune, Fresno Bee, and Chicago-Sun Times.