Markazi, who was born in Oklahoma City and raised in Los Angeles, was a staff writer for Sports Illustrated for five years before joining ESPN to help launch ESPNLA.com in December 2009.
He has also written for Slam, King, Vibe and Playboy and is on the board of directors for the Jim Murray Memorial Foundation.
After graduating from Notre Dame High School in Sherman Oaks, Calif. Markazi attended the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism at Arizona State University and later the Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism at the University of Southern California. He wrote a regular column for the Daily Trojan and also had his work published in several magazines and newspapers while at USC, including the Los Angeles Times and the Los Angeles Daily News. He graduated with a degree in Print Journalism from USC in 2004.
Markazi was hired by Sports Illustrated out of college and appeared on the cover of the March 31, 2005 issue of Sports Illustrated on Campus. He soon began writing a weekly column for Sports Illustrated's website, SI.com. 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.
He is a two-time cancer survivor and a cancer advocate. He is a Global Ambasador for Quest 40 Cure, which seeks to eradicate pediatric cancer and register new bone marrow donors.