Maraniss, a native of Washington, D.C., joined McNeely Pigott & Fox after spending the previous six years in athletic media relations. He specializes in writing and media relations, working with a diverse mix of clients including CSX Transportation, Hennessy Industries, Ohio Valley Conference, Manheim Consulting, Bravo Gelato, and American Home Shield.
Maraniss has long provided pro bono public relations support to Nashville RBI (Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities) and is a past board chairman of the organization.
Maraniss came to MP&F after serving as media relations manager for major league baseball’s Tampa Bay Devil Rays during the team’s inaugural season of 1998. Prior to that, he spent five years as associate director of media relations at the Vanderbilt University athletic department. A 1992 Vanderbilt graduate, Maraniss attended VU on the Fred Russell - Grantland Rice sportswriting scholarship. His biography of former Commodore Perry Wallace, the first African-American basketball player in the Southeastern Conference, is titled Strong Inside: Perry Wallace and the Collision of Race and Sports in the South, and will be published by Vanderbilt University Press in Nov. 2014.