Skip to content

ESPN Bears reporter Jeff Dickerson dies of cancer at 44

Dickerson died Tuesday of complications from colon cancer at the same hospice care facility where his wife, Caitlin, died two years ago.

Chicago Journal
Chicago Journal
| 2 min read
ESPN Bears reporter Jeff Dickerson dies of cancer at 44
Jeff Dickerson was well known for his work covering the Bears, beginning in 2001 with ESPN 1000 radio. He was 44.

CHICAGO (AP) — Jeff Dickerson, a beloved sports reporter who covered the Chicago Bears for ESPN for two decades, has died. He was 44.



Dickerson died Tuesday of complications from colon cancer at the same hospice care facility where his wife, Caitlin, died two years ago, according to ESPN.[1] Caitlin Dickerson had undergone treatment for melanoma and its complications for eight years.

Jeff Dickerson is survived by their son, Parker, 11, and his parents, George and Sandy Dickerson.

Jeff Dickerson was well known for his work covering the Bears, beginning in 2001 with ESPN 1000 radio. But it was his positivity and sense of humor that were remembered in outpourings of grief from Bears fans, his colleagues in the media and several former Bears players.

“We are absolutely heartbroken to learn of the passing of our friend and colleague Jeff Dickerson,” the Bears said in a statement. “Always the consummate professional, JD took a great deal of pride in his coverage of the Bears for 20 years. He was a true professional and even better person. JD always was one of the first media members to arrive in the press box on gameday, with a hello and a smile that could brighten anyone’s day. He was one of a kind, and will truly be missed.”



The Chicago Journal needs your support.

At just $20/year, your subscription not only helps us grow, it helps maintain our commitment to independent publishing and remain free from influence.

CLICK HERE TO SUBSCRIBE


Notes & References


  1. Seifert, Kevin. “Jeff Dickerson, ESPN's Chicago Bears Reporter, Dies at Age 44.” ESPN. ESPN Internet Ventures, December 28, 2021. https://www.espn.com/nfl/story/_/id/32953502/jeff-dickerson-espn-chicago-bears-reporter-dies-age-44. ↩︎

ObituariesNewsChicagoland NewsChicago NewsBears

Chicago Journal Twitter

The Chicago Journal is a general interest, digital publication focused on the political, cultural, and economic issues relevant to the city of Chicago and the surrounding metro area.


Related Posts

Bears fizzle on offense with Fields out

With Siemian leading the offense Sunday, the Bears gained just 292 total yards and went 4 of 13 on third down. But they got off to a solid start with Chicago scoring 10 points on its first two possessions.

Bears fizzle on offense with Fields out

4 shot, 2 killed at party in West Pullman

Four people were shot, two of whom died, at a party in West Pullman in the early Saturday morning hours, authorities said.

4 shot, 2 killed at party in West Pullman

Illinois legislators to decide whether to end cash bail

One of Illinois' most comprehensive — and contentious — pieces of legislation is scheduled for another cleanup, after it was both venerated and vilified during the fall election campaign. This is legislators' last chance to finalize details before major parts of the package take effect Jan. 1.

Illinois legislators to decide whether to end cash bail